In remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, Hackensack University Medical Center recently rededicated its Flags Monument in honor of Memorial Day. The solemn ceremony was conducted in military fashion by uniformed members of the HackensackUMC family.
During the Memorial Day ceremony, the keynote address was given by Robert Glenning, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hackensack University Health Network.
“With a team of more than 10,000 members, it is no surprise that we have a broad representation of our military here within the medical center,” said Glenning. “On this day our minds naturally go toward remembering those who have given their lives in defense of our Country. We should also take this time to reflect on those service members who carry the wounds of war, whether they be physical or in their memories, each and every day.”
The monument, unveiled in 2015 during a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day, 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 contains the permanent placement of military unit “patches” worn by veterans who are presently employed by HackensackUMC. The monument not only serves as a reminder of the sacrifices, but also demonstrates the personal pride of HackensackUMC veterans.
Back row: Dwayne Humes, United States Air Force; Frank Bellardo, United States Army.
Front Row: Gordon Huie, United States Air Force; Bryan Rodriguez-Cyriax, United States Navy; Ed Amores United States Coast Guard; Anthony Bells, United States Army; Robert Rubin, United States Navy; John Harley; United States Army; Don Fleischer, United States Army; Stephanie Bautista, United States Army; Dionne Dixon-Jeffrey, United States Army; Abraham “Mike” Ali, United States Marines; Raymond Koonce; United States Army; and Francisco Maciel, United States Army.