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Memorial Day: Not Just a Day Off

May 20, 2013 — “Memorial Day is a time in our country to honor our fallen military: men and women that have given their lives -- the ultimate sacrifice -- for our country,” said Dr. Leland “Rocky” Rockstraw, Assistant Dean of Simulation and Clinical and Technology Academic Operations at the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions. “Memorial Day is not just a day off; it’s a day of remembrance.”

Dr. Rockstraw is a veteran of the Nurse Corps and served in the military for 11 years. In his first enlistment, he spent four years as a computer operator in a weather satellite shop for the United States Air Force. He then worked part-time as a medical supply sergeant while he went to college for nursing. After obtaining his degree, Dr. Rockstraw spent six years as an officer in the Nurse Corps.

One of the skills that he brought to Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions from his experience in the military is his strong work ethic. “It teaches you to lead. When you make errors, when you fall down flat on your face, it teaches you to stand up and be accountable, take responsibility for your errors, move forward and not make the same error again,” he said.

Dr. Rockstraw thinks it is important that Drexel return to the roots of Memorial Day with this year’s Memorial Day primer event, DU Remembers, Will You? He believes that Memorial Day is supposed to help with the healing process as we come together to honor and reflect on the lives that were given for this country.

The Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions invites you to join us in remembering the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Military.

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