Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military and is always celebrated on the last Monday of May.  The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died.

Pharmacists in the military are responsible for ensuring enlisted members in all three military branches receive medication and therapy treatments and offer services to retired personnel with chronic health situations resulting from their active duties.

The first four-year Bachelor’s of Science degree in pharmacy was offered 1925 and became mandatory in 1932. During the war, a year-round, three-year program was adopted to alleviate the manpower shortage and to increase the chance that a student would finish his degree before being drafted. As a class, pharmacists were not exempt from the draft, but local draft boards could declare individuals as “necessary men” if their enlistment would negatively affect the health of the community.

Prior to the war, 4 percent of pharmacists were female but the draft of male pharmacists opened opportunities for women as colleges and employers actively recruited them. Ads of the time promoted a pharmacy education as being of “special value to the homemaker”. Enrollment of women in pharmacy school rose from 356 in 1940-41 (4%) to 1599 in 1944-45 (48%).

We acknowledge those who courageously gave their lives to save ours.