We observed Memorial Day with parades, barbecues, picnics and social gatherings with friends and relatives, but it is a day that means much more. It is a day to remember our brave service men and women who paid the ultimate price with their own lives for the freedoms that we enjoy.
In November 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “Those who have long enjoyed much privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” In the following month our nation was plunged into a war that was a global conflict. The result of that war cast us into a new role of world leadership and global responsibility.
In that we have just observed National Nurses Week, it is appropriate to nonetheless remember women in uniform who have stepped forward to serve in war zones. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., lists the names of eight women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and all of them were nurses.
This nation will remain the land of the free as long as it is also the home of the brave, and let us be thankful that we have had men and women who have come forward to see to that. Lest we forget.
Frank B. Austin