Essential workers, who tirelessly care for the sick and injured, were recognized for helping the nation survive a deadly Asian virus.

President Donald Trump has proclaimed May 6 as National Nurses Day to recognize the sacrifice of primary health professionals make every day while coming to the aid of others, especially when it puts them in life threatening situations like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus pandemic.

“Few times has our reliance on nurses been more profoundly evident than during the coronavirus outbreak,” he said in a statement. “In the midst of this crisis, nurses have displayed incredible examples of humanity, selflessness, and sacrifice as they have fought to care for their fellow citizens and save lives.”

The president described the “noble” profession not merely as a career choice rather a divine calling to help strangers without considering one’s self. He acknowledged the “quality, compassionate, and critical care” nurses have shown patients in a time of “great vulnerability, fear, and uncertainty” in the fight for survival against the invisible enemy.

Praise for nurses

“Nursing is not merely a vocation; it is a special calling to serve others selflessly, particularly in times when help is needed most,” he said. “Over the past weeks and months, as our nurses have worked heroically on the frontlines of the coronavirus response, their contributions to the health and well-being of our citizenry have been exponentially magnified.”

He commended the “inexhaustible” human spirit nurses have shown for reflecting the true “character of America” and also encouraged all Americans to show their appreciation toward those who overcame “danger, personal sacrifice, and discomfort” to heal people during epidemics, pandemics, medical emergencies, natural disasters, and wars.

“These remarkable caregivers exhibit professional expertise, selfless dedication, unrelenting advocacy, and unsurpassed mercy, strength, and compassion,” he said. “They are adaptable and capable of enduring and overcoming unbearable hardship, immeasurable stress, tremendously long hours, and extreme mental and emotional exhaustion so that others may live. Nurses are awe-inspiring and truly worthy of admiration and praise.”

The White House published a copy of the proclamation online that revealed the day would be observed as an annual celebration of the nursing profession for years to come.

“I, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2020, as National Nurses Day,” the statement said. “I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”