Memorial Day, a US holiday which began as a way to remember those killed during the Civil War, honours the men and women who have died during conflict while serving in the US military. Originally known as Decoration Day, the day is now widely recognised as a three-day weekend which marks the start of summer.
When the U.S. entered World War One, Americans participated in the war effort as best as they could, whether they were men or women. Although social norms dictated that women should provide support on the home front while men fought overseas, some women wanted to do more. Many of these women donned uniforms and joined the Army or Navy Nurse Corps. Charlotte A. Cox was one of the American nurses sent overseas.
As a former Red Cross volunteer, Charlotte knew she could support her country, so she joined the Army Nurse Corps and was attached to Base Hospital #42. She tried to cope with the horrors of chemical warfare and the Spanish flu, the most devastating pandemic of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, nurses were helpless when it came to this new deadly disease. While tending to wounded soldiers, Charlotte likely contracted the disease. She died on September 28, 1918, two days after the Meuse-Argonne campaign began. She was first buried at Bazoilles cemetery, in the Vosges sector of France. Later, as permanent American cemeteries were created, her body was transported to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, along with the remains of five other women.
Now this is what this day is all about God bless and keep us all.