A memorial honoring Jane A. Delano and the nurses who died in service in World War I.
Delano was a pioneering nurse, a leader of several nurse organizations, and the founder of the American Red Cross Nursing Service. The nurses on the service were trained to serve in the war, disaster, and emergencies. Hundreds of thousands of nurses volunteered to the American Red Cross Nursing Service over the years, and among its highest achievement was the recruiting of more than 20,000 nurses to serve in World War I.
The memorial was dedicated in April 1934 and is located in a small garden at the American Red Cross Headquarters in the heart of WDC, a short walk from the White House.
After Delano’s death, American nurses fundraised for building the memorial honoring Delano and the 296 nurses who gave their lives in service during the war. R.Tait McKenzie, a sculptor and physician, designed the memorial featuring a tall bronze female figure, standing with her hands open. The figure is standing in the middle of a stone made semicircle with a continuous bench. The inscription states: “To Jane Delano and 296 nurses who died in the war 1914 – 1918.”
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