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This is a special week. It's special because it's a week that recognizes those who chose careers that have allowed them to serve others. Not only is it National Nurses Week, but it's also National Police Week.
How many of us will go through our lives without receiving some sort of help from at least one individual in both professions? Not many, we think.
National Nurses Week occurs each year from May 6-12.
A provision of the nurses' code of ethics includes these words: "The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes or the nature of health problems."
It takes a special person to help those who are suffering or in pain, day in and day out. That's why the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony sponsored by Taylor Regional Hospital is such a special event. It helps nurses to remember and to renew their commitment to the nursing profession. And this year it's open to all those in the health profession.
May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week containing May 15 is National Police Week.
The event is but a short reminder of the sacrifices made by the nation's law enforcement officers - a sacrifice that knows no boundaries of age, gender, race or religion.
Each day peace officers in our community - police, sheriff's deputies, troopers and constables - serve quietly, putting their lives on the line for us. And all they ask in return is a living wage and respect for the sacrifices they make.
They may not speak of it, but in the back of their minds when they walk out the door each day, they know there is always a chance they will not come home. And we know those same thoughts cross the minds of their parents, their wives and their children.
If you know a nurse or a law enforcement official, express your appreciation for all that they do.