Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Veterans Day Ceremony
On November 11, Veterans and their families, volunteers, students and members of the community joined Truman VA for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony with featured speaker, Dr. Michael Wilson, MD, the new Medical Director of the Community Living Center and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Missouri Air National Guard.
The Veterans Day Ceremony is held at Truman VA every year to honor and thank Veterans for their service and sacrifice. In her welcoming remarks, Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, Director, said, “At Truman VA, we believe every day is Veterans Day.”
Dr. Wilson gave a heartfelt speech about dates—dates important to individuals, dates recognized by the country and dates remembered by soldiers. He noted individuals recognize birthdays, anniversaries and births while the country celebrates national holidays like Veterans Day. Soldiers from different generations hold clear remembrance of other dates including Sept. 11, 2001; December 7, 1941; June 25, 1950 and August 7, 1964. November 11, 1918 is one of those dates. This date marks the official end of World War I with the signing of the Armistice. During Dr. Wilson’s closing remarks, he shared a letter from a fallen solider from Afghanistan.
After thirty seconds of silence, winning essays from community junior high and high school students were read. More than one hundred essays were entered in the contest. Winners were selected based on composition, grammar and effectively telling a story. Congratulations to the winners:
• Isabelle Bouchard, Jefferson Junior High School (first place)
• Megan Kelly, Jefferson Junior High School (second place)
• Isabelle Mitchell, Jefferson Junior High School (third place)
• Melanie Tucker, Jefferson Junior High School (honorable mention)
• Courtney Engle, Rock Bridge High School (first place)
• David Maddox, Rock Bridge High School (second place)
• Katherine Woodruff, Rock Bridge High School (third place)
• Taylor Yeagle, Rock Bridge High School (honorable mention)