I can only offer my gratitude for each of you: caring for the dying while empowering the living; sharing words of encouragement to friends and family; placing your love of humanity before your own safety; the long nights, the long days, a relentless year. This week, Nurse’s Week, we set aside in your honor. But uplifting you and honoring you is something we should do consistently and constantly. You deserve rest, you deserve respite, you deserve to see how much our world is brightened by your presence.
My heart extends to you and your families. Heroes you were, heroes you are, and heroes you will remain. Our nation, and our world, would be diminished without you. Thank you.
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