On Memorial Day we remember and honor the noble and brave men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives in the service of our country. Their ultimate sacrifice has defended our freedom and helps to safeguard our future. Our celebration of their lives ensures that their loss is not forgotten and that their spirit and patriotism lives on in the hearts of their families, their communities and our nation. We at the American Hospital Association, all of our members and the women and men working in hospitals and health systems across America, salute our fallen. We work in health care to help save lives, comfort and ease pain, promote health and extend life. But we also understand the toll of loss, especially the loss of young lives given in service. The holiday ahead is, of course, a time for rest and relaxation, family and friends. However, do take time to reflect on the devotion of the men and women the holiday honors and the value – and cost – of our freedom.  

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