May 28th, 2012
By Jennifer Olin, BSN, RN
It's Memorial Day and like most of you I have been enjoying the long weekend. A little barbecue, a little beach, and a little shopping. But these activities are not what today is about and I think that needs to be remembered. Memorial Day is the day we recognize the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Among the many who lost their lives for our country, the majority of women who died while in the military were nurses. From the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War in both its incarnations, nurses have cared for the fallen all the way out to the front lines. Today, they are part of the over one million members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard who have given their lives in service of the United States. I salute you all.
The photograph above of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C. was taken by Ann Banes. When I contacted her to see if she would allow me to use her wonderful picture she was kind enough to say yes. And, she sent the following message. "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you and all of the nurses you represent, for all of the time, effort, and dedicated care you put into caring for your patients."
So have a good day off, enjoy your family and friends, but take a minute and reflect on all we have to be thankful for because of the service of the men and women of the U.S. Military.