July 2, 2012
Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, a retired Brigadier General of the US Army, lead Kenmore Mercy Hospital staff and volunteers in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of Kenmore Mercy's staff who read statements about the flag stand behind him.
Staff and volunteers at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, paused for a moment of silence on Monday, July 2 at the hospital's flag pole to pay tribute to veterans and those who currently serve in the armed forces during a special Independence Day ceremony.
As part of the tribute, associates and volunteers who served in the military read statements about the meaning of the American Flag.
"The flag of our Nation should always be a strong, vivid symbol of our land and fly brightly in our minds. Our flag is a symbol of our people, our freedom, and our strength," said Guy Brown, a volunteer in Kenmore Mercy's mail room who served in the U.S. Airforce during the Vietnam era.
They were joined by:
- Kristen Parisi, nurse in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit who sang the National Anthem
- Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, a retired Brigadier General of the US Army, who led the Pledge of Allegiance
- Chris Krieger, a disabled Army Iraq veteran, co-founder of Western New York Heroes
- Jim McCaslin, a volunteer with Bugle Across America, who performed Taps
"Independence Day is a time to reconnect with our heritage, channel the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, and rediscover the meaning behind our country's creation," said Dawn M. Cwierley, public relations manager for Kenmore Mercy Hospital. "It is also a day for us to recognize and pay tribute to those whose dedication helped to preserve our liberties, the brave service men and women who served our country, fought for freedom, and stood up for our country in times of need."
Countless Kenmore Mercy associates, physicians and volunteers have served in the military over the hospital's 60-year history.