There are so many stories that many of us could tell today as we this Memorial Day and remember our past and current military heroes. I would dare say that we don't do enough to honor their memory and further say that I believe it is our duty as American citizens to keep alive as many memories as we can about those who have fallen in the service of our great Nation. Last week, you and I celebrated " National EMS Week". We honored the past and present of who makes great and who laid the groundwork of what we now know as "EMS" and rightly so. Yesterday, between the ending of "National EMS Week" and this Memorial Day, I took the time learn something. Today, as we celebrate Memorial Day, I want to try and tie the two events togetherand share what I learned. In the summer of 1914, under the command of Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, German troops landed France, storming their country. During that time, the American Colony there started up a volunteer ambulance service, based out of the American Hospital, to transport the wounded soldiers to there, from the front lines. The American Hospital was located just outside of Paris. In the beginning of 1915, a former Harvard professor, Abram Piatt Andrew, came to France to be a volunteer ambulance driver. He would later earn the nickname " Doc " Andrew as he had a PhD in Economics. " Doc " Andrew was able to build an independent organization, "The American Field Service Ambulance" out of  being a subsidiary of the American Hospital. The American Field Service Ambulance reached to a total of 2,000 volunteers, many of them college students, recent college graduates, men of education, such as "Doc" and at least one notable poet, known as Ernest Hemingway. Many of these ambulance drivers were 17 years old. All of these courageous volunteers traveled back and forth the battlefields transporting the wounded, but they had to pay for their own meals while there and had to pay for their traveling expenses to France and other places of battles like Serbia, Albania, Italy and Greece. The Model T, invented in 1908, was modified into an ambulance and by 1917, Ford was awarded the military contract for WWI. Many an ambulance driver and stretcher bearer lost their lives transporting the fallen war heroes.Also in 1917, The American Field Service Ambulance Service was taken over by our military. " Doc Andrew" eventually moved on and served as a Congressman from 1921 to 1936, and died while in office. To him and all of those "ambulance drivers" and "stretcher bearers" , on this Memorial Day, I say "Thank you."

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