Memorial Day, a day of tribute: A message from President Henrich

Dear faculty, staff, students and residents:

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

– Joseph Campbell

Memorial Day is a time for backyard barbecues, pool parties and time spent with family and friends. Most importantly, it is a time to remember the heroism of the men and women who died in military service, who died with the unwavering belief in a larger cause, something bigger than oneself: To love and protect one’s country.

With remembrance of these heroes comes a deep sense of appreciation for their ultimate sacrifice to protect our country, its values and ideals.

This is especially poignant to us who live in Military City USA and work at UT Health San Antonio. There are many exceptional partnerships between UT Health San Antonio and San Antonio’s military medicine community. This is a particular source of pride for us. Our commitment to the health needs of active-duty personnel, veterans and their families is unwavering. Additionally, the regard with which we hold our military partners is reflected daily through the work and missions of our Military Health Institute.

We are forever grateful to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Each of us owes a large, and in many ways, unrepayable debt to them for paying the ultimate price so that we may live in peace.

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday next weekend,


William L. Henrich, MD, MACP

President and Professor of Medicine

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