For most people Memorial Day is the first long weekend as we move toward Summer. We all think of the beach, lakes, picnics and gathering with family and friends. But Memorial Day is much more. It is a time to honor and reflect upon those who died in active military service, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May. 

My parents always reminded me of the fact that nurses who cared for the soldiers in battle were a vital part of their survival. They helped save the lives of injured soldiers and provided comfort to those soldiers who could not be saved. 

Since the early 1700's, U.S. military nurses have selflessly devoted their time and efforts to the care of those who fight for our freedom. Military nurses have served in numerous wars, including the Spanish American War, both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. They have served with NATO troops in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo.

May we all take time to remember that Memorial Day is a time for reflecting on the sacrifices of all those who served and lost their lives in war and their family members.

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