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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Jane Delano
Sculptor: Robert Tait McKenzie
Location: White House
( E Street & 18th )
Jane Delano (1862-1919) founded the nursing programs of the American Red Cross. She served as superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps from 1909-1912 and effected a plan to use the Red Cross Nursing Service as a reserve nurse corps. Because of her idea, there were 8,000 women trained and able to support the U.S. troops when the U.S. entered World War I. During the war, she directed the Department of Nursing and supervised the training of over 20,000 nurses..
The memorial honors Delano and 296 nurses who lost their lives during World War I. The figure represents the spirit of nursing.
Delano is buried in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery, a section known as the "Nurses Section". At the top of the hill in Section 21 is another memorial to Delano and her nurses.
Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved
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