Memorial Day 2016 – A Day of Remembrance

IMG_0517Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a day for remembering those lost in war and in military service.

It’s a day worth remembering those veterans who are alive and need to be served better by our VA health system and by society.

Here are a few past posts on this topic… these problems, including the long waiting times and safety/quality issues, still need to be solved.

Memorial Day – A Reminder to Provide Better Care for Living Veterans

The Real #VAscandal is the Long Waiting Times & Bad Management, Not Gaming by Bad Apples

Secretary Shinseki Has Resigned; Will Things Change at the VA?

In my travels, I’ve been fortunate to visit two major American military cemeteries in Europe, so I’ll share some photos below as a way to reflect and remember on this holiday.

The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery (France)

This cemetery honors those who died during World War I, just outside the champagne region in France. The nearby Battle of Belleau Wood is where American Marines got their famed “devil dog” nickname in fighting the Germans.

Below are some photos I took in late 2012.

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Below is a short video I took. There’s a lot of wind noise, but you can hear chimes playing the Marine Hymn.


Cambridge American Cemetery (England)

In 2008, while doing some consulting for an NHS hospital, I took a weekend side trip to see the Cambridge American Cemetery and the town of Cambridge itself. Below are some photos I took. The cemetery has special meaning to my father-in-law. His middle name was given in honor of one of his father’s airmen who died when they were all shot down during the war, so I was able to find the burial site to take a picture for him (Vincent Fazio, seen in the last photo).

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Memorial Day Flag Display (Boston)

As a final photo, when my wife and I were living in Boston for a year, there was a huge sea of small flags in the Boston Common on Memorial Day 2010 (I’m sure this is an annual display) – read more and see more pictures online.


Thanks to all of you who have served and especially those who have sacrificed so much.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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