Nurses care for the sick every day, but the tradition of care for wounded warriors started over 100 years ago.
On Monday, the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center honored Holy Cross nurses who cared for injured soldiers during the Civil War with a historical marker.
The story goes back to 1861 when Indiana Governor Oliver Morton asked Father Edward Sorin to sen sisters to help the troops.
Mother Angela Gillespie and six sisters, none of whom was a nurse at the time, headed to Kentucky to begin their service.
And the tradition lives on.
“It's something about the spirit of passing it on to us today so we can pass it on to others, we come from a very beautiful and long legacy of service,” said Sister Ruth Murray Nickerson.
Before the Civil War ended, about eighty of the 160 Sisters of the Holy Cross in the U.S. would serve as nurses.