Memorial Day remembrance

May 26, 2017 | by Mary Lou Mastro

In the United States, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who have died in military service for our country.

I have a tendency at times to take many things for granted — my health, my husband, my job.  It’s even easier to take my freedom for granted.  Memorial Day has always been a time for me to stop and reflect on the costs that others have paid for my freedom.  My uncle died as a fighter pilot in WWII while my aunt was pregnant with her first child. She never stopped talking about him or reminding us of his ultimate sacrifice.

Many know that I am an avid reader, but few know that I love to read books about war (Civil War, WWI, WWII, OEF, OIF to name a few).  I am always inspired by the strength, bravery and dedication of those who have served our country in the military.

It's also important to acknowledge the veterans who are still with us. I am very proud that Edward-Elmhurst Health honors our hospitalized veterans. Through our Veterans Recognition Program, we identify and thank patients (and employees) who are military veterans, and we educate staff about different ways to address the special needs of veterans. We receive so many expressions of gratitude for this program from patients and their families.

So while we are all preparing for our Memorial Day holiday, let’s take a few moments to honor and pray for those who have died for our country so we can live free.

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