6/14/2019 and 6/15/19
Thomas Jefferson said “Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered, and manners and opinions change. With the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times,” a quote which is inscribed on the wall of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The group reflected that this quote is a great summary of the immersion experience. In fact, during their Capitol tour, the group learned that the Capitol was originally one small building, which is now just a wing of the current Capitol. This fact is an important reminder to continue growing with the times and to continue advocating for changes to be made to improve healthcare as it evolves. As circumstances change and as technology advances, there will always be a need for nurses to continue advocating for legislature that adapts. It is important to stay up-to-date and involved, even when careers become busy. The group learned that the Statue of Freedom, the figure resting on the top of the Capitol, was assembled by a recently freed former slave. This individual was the only person who could figure out how to assemble the pieces of the statue after the sculptor passed away. This shows that everyone has talents and perspectives that should be respected and utilized, and no one should be overlooked due to bias. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, it “Cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.” The group was incredibly humbled by the many names on the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which reminded them of the importance of the work that Veterans Affairs and the Wounded Warrior Project continue to do, which they can assist with inside and outside of the VA facilities. These words may be inscribed on monuments, but they represent sentiments that can be easy to forget, but should be continued to be remembered.