Cadet Nurse Memorial dedicated in La Crosse

The hard work of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps is being honored in La Crosse.

A new memorial was dedicated earlier today at Veterans Freedom Park on the city’s north side.

The Nurse Corps program was the largest of the federal nurses training programs and allowed women to serve their country while helping to prevent the collapse of civilian nursing care.

In a community where health care workers are so common, organizers say a monument like this makes sense.

“I went to a lot of memorials, I didn’t see any of women. All these fighting men, big bayonetts and all that, tanks and helicopters, let’s do something for the ladies. They struggled, they did a lot,” said Louie Ferris, who helped create the memorial.

The statue is modeled after La Crosse area Nurse Corps veteran Marian Pavela who attended the ceremony.