One of the things I do with all my ebooks is to write a Dedication Page. This is a practice many artists of all mediums partake in. It is a way to recognize and offer thanks to someone (or a group of someone’s) who have helped you in some way through the often times gruelling process of crafting your art.
Here is the Dedication Page for The Pride of the Hills: A Vollie’s Memoir:
Without a doubt The Pride of the Hills: A Vollie’s Memoir is a true passion project. I started writing it on my black cased IBM PS2 back in the late 1990s and finally brought it to completion and publication in 2013. Over such a long duration my writing style definitely changed, and hawk-eyed readers can see that as they read through it.
When it came to dedicating this work I was faced with some hard decisions. Should I dedicate it to individuals or to the greater group? If you follow me on Twitter or even look in the sidebar, then I’m sure you know that I am fond of quotes, and I knew I wanted to use the quote from Albert Schweitzer on service. Even though it does not specifically mention volunteering, let’s be honest about what it is we actually do in the Emergency Medical Services. Too often the emphasis is put on the Emergency or Medical words in our name, but the priority really belongs on the Service aspect of the job. This applies to both those of us who have chosen this as a career and those of us who volunteer.
When you listen to the talking heads on finance shows and economists, they constantly refer to the United States as moving towards a Service based economy. While providing service for monetary compensation is still something to be proud of (especially since too often the service we are providing us under valued to begin with and usually based on a corporations return on investment), to do so without financial gain is something that truly needs to be recognized as valuable and those who do it should be recognized as much as possible.
With that in mind, in the end I decided to dedicate the work to ALL the EMS volunteers. To give of ones self in such a way is deserving of so much more than a dedication in a book, that it was the least I could do. For those individuals who meant the most to me during that time and who, as the book explains, are the very reason I continue to volunteer I added this page to the front matter: