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Medical Center Director Veterans Day Message
Tuesday, November 10, 2020While our Veterans Day ceremonies may look a little different this year, the honor in serving those who have served remains. It is my honor and privilege, as the Acting Medical Center Director, to recognize the service and sacrifice of our Veterans on this day. On Veterans Day in 1988, Ronald Reagan said, “We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were pre-pared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty.”
“Most of all,” he said, “we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” Veterans Day is a remembrance of those champions and what President Reagan described as their deep “devotion and gallantry.” It’s a day when, together, we pause to reflect on American Veterans—the country’s best men and women who have served and sacrificed while wearing the uniforms of the nation, those who have defended our country in peace and in war.
Today we pay extra tribute to our heroes-the men and women we proudly care for and serve-men and women who have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as Americans. You are not just a patient– you are “our” Veteran and we are honored to care for you.
Karen Long, MSN, RN
Acting Medical Center Director
To ensure the health and safety of our Veterans we will not hold any public ceremonies this year at the medical center. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our partners at Fort McCoy for their support and plans to honor our Veterans. I invite you to observe our flag raising and honors ceremony that will be livestreamed on our VA Facebook page November 11, 2020, at approximately 11:00 am.