Memorial Day remembrance

May 25, 2022 | by Mary Lou Mastro

Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday of May, is a day dedicated to remembering and honoring the men and women who have died in military service for our country.

I have a tendency at times to take 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.

It's also an important time to acknowledge the veterans who are still with us. I am very proud that Edward-Elmhurst Health honors our hospitalized veterans. Through our Veteran Recognition Program, veteran volunteers are rounding every day to thank patients who are veterans for their service.

Approximately 40,000 veterans reside in DuPage County, and we are proud to have over 100 Edward-Elmhurst Health employees that identify as veterans working within our organization. We are inspired by their strength, bravery and dedication to serving our country.

On a personal note, I will be spending Memorial Day in Normandy, France — a trip that has been a lifelong dream for me. I am humbled to think I will stand on the beaches where so many lives were lost or forever changed in order to create a freer world.

As we live through times of war today, let’s take a few moments to remember those who have died for our country so we can live free — and those who continue to fight to protect our freedoms.

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