Thursday, May 21, 2015
In remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, Hackensack University Medical Center unveiled today a Flags Monument in honor of Memorial Day. The ceremony was conducted in military fashion by uniformed members of the HackensackUMC family.
The monument is semi-permanent, composed of six angled flags displaying the five combat arms of the United States Military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard – and the POW/MIA flag. The Flag Monument base stand is four feet by four feet, with an “infantry blue” backboard, which will contain the permanent placement of military unit “patches” worn by veterans who are presently employed by HackensackUMC.
The monument will not only serve as a reminder of the sacrifices, but also will demonstrate the personal pride of HackensackUMC veterans.
During the Memorial Day ceremony, roses were placed on this new Flags Monument by a surviving World War II veteran, in remembrance of the fallen during military conflicts of the past.
Roses were also be placed by a HackensackUMC nurse, whose son was killed recently while serving in the Marines, in remembrance of the fallen during present military conflicts. She will also donate her son’s military patch for placement in the HackensackUMC Flags Monument.
The keynote address was given by Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network, followed by moment of silence.
“Taps” was sounded to conclude the moment of silence.
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