A Monument to Memory

 The Baltimore Sun, November 11, 2011

I am ambivalent about Memorial Day.  On the one hand, it offends me that, for most Americans, Memorial Day has become just another holiday weekend--a getaway to the beach, the opening of the pool, a sale at the garden center.  I once served as an Army nurse, in a stateside hospital to which wounded soldiers were evacuated regularly.  So for me, the "memorial" part of the weekend always overshadows the "holiday" part. 

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 American Journal of Nursing, November 2007 

 Recently, on the phone with a friend, I mentioned my 40th nursing school reunion. We joked about how old I'm getting, and I agreed-- especially looking back on how naive I was as a new RN. Then we addressed the task at hand, our work for Bread For The World, "a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people," as its Web site says.  

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