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Presidential Memo | Memorial Day – All Gave Some; Some Gave All

May 4, 2020
A Message from the President

Presidential Memo | Memorial Day - All Gave Some; Some Gave All

[May 24, 2020]

All Gave Some; Some Gave All

Today as Americans try to safely escape from their “shelter in place” to breathe deep the fresh air of American Liberty, I ask you to pause a moment and reflect on the journey of our predecessors - the bold and brave Native Americans, those that suffered forced immigration, emigrants from the far reaches of the World and the founding families of the 13 colonies, all of whom contributed to the security, freedom and prosperity we enjoy today.

Memorial Day originally known as Decoration Day, was believed to have been commemorated following the Civil War by Black leaders of the Union’s infantry in several cities including Charleston, SC.

Today in a Nation that is challenged by another war, a war of biologic containment, a war of ventilators, uncertain therapies and economic strife, we once again have a diverse and united army on the front lines - healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, public safety personnel, and state and federal employees trying to make the “best guess” decisions, and all of us following the latest public safety recommendations to keep ourselves, our friends, our community and the larger public COVID free.

We, the RVU Family, are truly gifted to have the opportunity and responsibility to continue to build the mosaic of graduates. Some of our graduates will serve in the military, having been mentored by strong role models, who not only taught the principles of medicine, but the tradition of the self-sacrifice required by military service.  As FDR reminded us, “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”

As we reflect on our students who have given their time to volunteer during the pandemic and our newly minted alumni, we believe they can look to our graduates who are already serving the nation in emergency departments, intensive care units, clinics, emergent surgery and hospice without the families of the critically ill providing the osteopathic philosophy of not only body but mind and spirit.

We are a blessed and fortunate family to have accepted the challenges we face daily, whether in the confines of the academic center or in our homes working and serving under unusual and unprecedented circumstances. We must remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence, integrity and service despite what we may see in the world around us as we commemorate those who “Gave All” in foreign wars, domestic violence or in the front lines of the current or past pandemics.

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." -  Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The following YOUTUBE link may provide further context to the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O0daPfqSV0

Stay safe and healthy,

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