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Massachusetts Establishes "Cadet Nurses Day" to Honor WWII Nurses

Jul 10, 2020

Ann Sheridan, Former Dean at the College of Nursing shared good news about progress in honoring those who served in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. “You can imagine how pleased we are for this recognition and for the publicity for Cadet Nurse legislation,” Ann writes.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has recognized the role of U.S. Cadet Nurses who served in U.S. civilian hospitals in World War II by signing a law designating each July 1 as Cadet Nurses Day. The law commemorates the 9,000 Cadet Nurses in Massachusetts who served during the war. 

A bronze plaque, the first formal recognition of Cadet Nurses in a government building, will be hung permanently in Nurses Hall at the State House in Boston, joining the statue of an Army war nurse honoring the women of the North who served during the Civil War.

UMass Amherst College of Nursing alumna Barbara Poremba ’72, professor emerita at Salem State University School of Nursing, was the key advocate of the new state legislation. She describes her appreciation and pride about this new legislation an article in the Salem, MA press.  Poremba is director of the Friends of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps WWII, which will donate funds to support the design of the new plaque. 

Senator Elizabeth Warren has filed federal legislation to honor the Cadet Nurses by allowing for a plaque and an American flag at the grave sites of former Cadet Nurses. If you would like to support Sen. Warren's proposed federal legislation, here is a pre-filled form that you can use to email your senators asking them to co-sponsor the bill:


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