A Memorial Day tribute on HVU

A Memorial Day tribute on HVU

“We don’t know them all…but we owe them all”

This past Memorial Day, Heart and Vascular Unit nurse Kimberly McCarthy, BSN, RN, (a marine pilot mom and USNA sponsor mom) and the HVU team wanted to observe the meaning behind this special day. “Memorial Day is not a celebration, but a remembrance,” said Kim. “I also believe it is a wonderful time to celebrate our country’s freedom.”

“I set up a Fallen Comrades table in memory of Fallen Soldiers and Military Nurses. My hope was to have everyone that passed take a moment in appreciation of the sacrifice given by our military and families. The military families need to know…. we will never forget.

“There is symbolism in what is placed on the table: for example the Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost, the lemon reminds us of the bitter fate of those who will never return, the glass in inverted because they cannot toast with us at this time, and the chair is empty because they are no longer with us.”

Thank you to Kim and HVU, as well as the other units who observed Memorial Day in their own special way. We thank all the brave men and women who laid down their lives to safeguard our nation.



  1. Posted by Christine Frost, at Reply

    This is such a powerful display, and I am sure it has a lot of meaning in this community for our staff and patients. Thanks for taking the time and making the effort to set this up.

  2. Posted by Lally Heffner, at Reply

    Thank you for setting up this Memorial Day tribute. The symbolism is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. We really do owe them all.

  3. Posted by Geri, at Reply

    Great idea to do this in our work environment, Kimberly. Thank you for this tribute . Thanks to all who serve, who paid the ultimate price, to those who love and care for them.

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