Memorial Day thoughts

  1. They unveiled a Vietnam Vets memorial today. It has the names of all the persons in my county that died in the Vietnam conflict. I was thinking of going their to look up the names of my old childhood chums that had died in the conflict. It suddenly dawned on me that I can only remember their nick names. How do you look people up when their names are Reds, Ears and Spany? Anyway, all those who served are in my thoughts today.
    Last edit by oramar on May 26, '02
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  3. by   suzannasue
    Oramar,
    Look in old annuals for friends "real names"...contact mutual friends and ask...and contact those vets who are still living and thank them for their time spent in the service of their country. My Daddy was in WW2 and I am always amazed that this man was a child when given a weapon and sent to the jungles of the South Pacific...and he made it through the conflicts to become a loving husband to my mother and IMHO,the World's Best Father...
  4. by   prn nurse
    I just got off work from the night shift. Its' Memorial Day. This morning I was charting and I heard a young man 's voice down the hall.....it was either a male nurse, male lab tech, x-ray tech, ..... I heard the young man say, "Good Morning. It's Memorial Day. Did you serve in the armed forces?" I couldn't hear the reply. But next, with deep sincerity and appreciation reflecting in his voice, I heard him say, " I'd like to thank you for serving and protecting our country."

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    What a marvelous attitude...at 6 a.m. ! I don't know if you all are like me; I think these things, but never say them to anyone. I was so impressed with the young mans' composure , his sense of respect and the dignity in his voice. I ask myself ... " with all the opportunities I've had, why haven't I ever thanked anyone for serving in my behalf? "
    Last edit by prn nurse on May 27, '02
  5. by   oramar
    Always loved taking care of WWII vets. Maybe cause my dad was one. Loved hearing their stories. Always tried to be extra special to them. Korean War and Vietnam vets much less likely to tell you they are vets or talk about their experiences.
  6. by   NurseDennie
    I had to throw my 2 cents' worth in here. When evern I've found out that someone I was taking care of was a career military person, I would thereafter call him (almost always a him) by his rank.

    I've had more than one person say that I didn't have to do that, but I could tell it meant a lot.

    I always made a point to introduce the oncoming nurse to the patient as "Colonel Jones" rather than "Mr. Jones" and I think that most of them carried it forward.

    Happy Memorial Day. One of my best friends is a former Special Forces guy, now totally disabled with MS. You wouldn't know it to look at him, but he's one of our country's best. Well-trained, very disciplined, very very dangerous in that context.

    Love

    Dennie
  7. by   cmggriff
    I cannot explain to you what combat is like. No one can. It is something you can only understand having lived through it. But I can tell you that no vet wants anyone else to have to live through
    it. None of us think anyone deserves it. And everyone of us would go and do it again.
    I can't explain this any better than I can explain what it means to us to be thanked. Memorial Day is bitter sweet for those of us who lived. I want to say how grateful I am for my brothers and sisters who did not come whole and alive. Gary
  8. by   misti_z
    When I got off work Monday morning I made a point to drive by the Chattanooga National Cemetery, which is not on my usual route home, to have my personal moment of silence. I love seeing all the little flags in front of each stone.

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