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Piedmont Newnan Hospital CEO Mike Robertson accepts a plaque in recognition of the hospital’s service in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured from left are Veterans of Overseas Wars Put up 2667 Commander Jeff Bouchard, Robertson and American Legion Put up 57 Commander Veda Brooks.
American Legion Put up 57 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday and acknowledged Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the Most cancers Therapy Facilities of America for his or her service in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are indicators in entrance of hospitals and in entrance of nursing properties that say, ‘Heroes Work Right here,’” stated American Legion Put up 57 Commander Veda Brooks. “At this time, we wish to carry up a consultant from CTCA and the CEO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital. They and their employees have been working diligently all through COVID-19, and there are veterans serving alongside them and make up their crew.”
“We wished to allow them to know that they’re our heroes and we admire the truth that they’re conserving us secure they usually’re caring for our group,” Brooks added.
CEO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital Mike Robertson thanked the American Legion for the award recognizing the hospital and it’s workers.
“Throughout the hospital our crew is working relentlessly on the frontlines to maintain the Coweta County group secure and wholesome,” Robertson stated. “Our nurses, physicians and care crew members come into work on a regular basis with a optimistic perspective with the dedication to make a optimistic distinction in each life they contact.”
He stated he’s happy with the laborious work the crew on the hospital has put in each day.
“At this time is a day the place we keep in mind our veterans and keep in mind the sacrifices that they’ve made,” stated Brooks. “I additionally need us to take the outing to recollect the veterans who proceed to serve in our group.”
Brooks stated veterans proceed to serve in our hospitals, metropolis councils, native companies, courthouses and police stations.
“Let’s go away right here understanding that the service of our veterans has not ended,” Brooks stated. “As we transfer ahead by the remainder of 2020, in all its glory, keep in mind veterans.”
“Our veterans make up our group. We’ve got not gone away — we proceed to serve, and right this moment I wish to honor all veterans who’ve continued to serve of their communities,” Brooks added.
John Lager was honored in the course of the ceremony with the Veteran of the Yr award. Lager has organized the POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony in Newnan for over 20 years.
“John has been serving this group for extra years than I’ve been a part of this group,” Brooks stated. “He has been devoted to his calling to ensure our POWs and our MIAs are usually not forgotten.”
Steve Quesinberry, head of the Newnan Excessive Faculty historical past division, stated they weren’t in a position to host the annual Veterans Day 5K as a result of pandemic.
The race advantages the service fund of the VFW and American Legion in Coweta. He stated during the last six years, the race has raised $60,000 for native veterans.
Quesinberry stated many of the sponsors of the race are native companies, and when he advised them they weren’t going to have the race this 12 months, a number of donated cash for the service fund. Quesinberry introduced the VFW and American Legion with a verify for $2,500 on the ceremony.
The Coweta County Quilts of Valor additionally gifted quilts to 5 veterans in the course of the ceremony. Coweta County Quilts of Valor has introduced 608 quilts to veterans in Coweta County.
After this system, the Newnan Rotary Membership sponsored a drive-thru BBQ lunch on the Coweta Veterans Membership.
Laurie Pope, service undertaking chair for the Rotary Membership, stated beginning subsequent Memorial Day, the Rotary Membership will put out crosses on the town with the names of the 110 Cowetans who’ve died in fight.
“Every cross represents a life that ended early,” Pope stated. “It’s our responsibility to recollect them and to recollect the sacrifice that they and their households made for us.”