ricky white | Jun 06, 2012
This Friday, Aultman will hold the annual memorial service for 1st Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane, a 1965 graduate of the Aultman School of Nursing, who became the first and only American service woman to die as a direct result of enemy fire in Vietnam.
CANTON, Ohio (June 5, 2012) — “Born to honor, Ever at peace.” These are the words inscribed on the memorial statue of 1st Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane. Lane graduated from the Aultman School of Nursing in 1965 and three years later enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve. She was deployed in the Vietnam War; this is where she became the first and only American service woman to die as a direct result of enemy fire in Vietnam.
Since her death, Aultman has held a memorial ceremony every year in honor of her service and courage. This year’s ceremony will be held Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. inside the Sharon Lane Health Information Center at Aultman Hospital, off the Seventh Street SW lobby.
After the memorial service, a wreath of honor will be placed at Lane’s bronze commemorative statue outside the hospital. The statue of Lane was generously refurbished in 2009 by Steven Coon of Coon Restoration and Sealants, Inc.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to be a part of this 42nd memorial ceremony.
About the Center
Aultman’s Consumer Health Center (established in 2001) was renamed the Sharon Lane Information Center to pay tribute to her in 2005. The center offers an array of reliable informative books, tapes and visual learning tools on medical and health care. Computers are also available in the center. For more information, please call 330-363-3333.