Opening Ceremony July 25, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada USA
The Annual International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners Training Symposium
Rev. Bryan J. Guiot, APSC, MA, MTh
Chaplain, The Office of the Clark County Coroner/Medical Examiner
Good morning and a warm welcome for all to Las Vegas!
Let’s take a moment to bow our heads in the presence of our Sacred.
We gather together – Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic and atheist – to honor our work as members of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.
We honor our mission to advance the accurate determination of the cause and the manner of death through science, medicine and the law.
We honor our continuing education and our commitment to learn from our successes and our challenges. We are aware there is still so much yet to understand.
We honor our daily work as medicolegal death investigators. May we be faithful and persistent in our search for the truth and for justice.
We honor our professional standards. We renew our pledge to do this work in the public trust with care and compassion for both victims and survivors.
We honor our health and safety. Protect us and those we love today and for all tomorrows to come. We are mindful of the 68 American law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty so far this year. We also remember our own loved ones, our colleagues and our friends who have gone before us.
We honor the impact of our work on our agencies, collaborators, networks and communities. We acknowledge the need to be respectful and kind to each other. Indeed, we are all in this together.
Finally, we honor our mistakes, our faults and our failings. We seek the courage and strength to reach out and ask for help and support when we need it. May we remain mindful that there is always hope and that peace begins with me.
And so it is. Amen.