The event allowed the post and local community to come together to recognize military members, including past warfighters.
Fort Detrick Color Guard performed a ceremonial flag raising and prior USAMRMC Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin B. Stuart served as guest speaker.
“It’s great to know that our hospital acknowledges the service and sacrifice of veterans everywhere, and it is especially gratifying to recognize the service of our coworkers,” said retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Edward H. Hopper, who now serves as the executive assistant for the Vice President for Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, and the Vice President for Ambulatory Services at the hospital. “The veterans that I’ve spoke with had nothing but praise for these efforts.”
Hopper said it was the first Veterans recognition event sponsored by Frederick Memorial Hospital in recent years; however, it was likely to be the “first of many future celebrations” due to its success.
“I found the Veterans event extremely inspiring... The event, with its emphasis on service-related endeavors as they relate to the hospital, was very well received by the audience,” added William L. Woodcock, a hospital volunteer and military veteran. “I think everyone at Frederick Memorial has a special admiration for our active military at Fort Detrick - I know I do.”