Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) once again hosted the Town of Manchester’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Community members and hospital staff lined the curving driveway in front of the hospital to honor the men and women of our armed forces, past and present. Peter Karl, ECHN President and CEO, welcomed the delegation of veterans, local officials, and the community. Mayor Leo Diana honored the vets and had the Town’s Proclamation read. The flags were lowered, wreaths were placed on the stone memorial located on the front lawn of the hospital, Taps and Amazing Grace were played, and the National Anthem was sung by two talented vocal instructors from Summit Studios.
This is a very special occasion for the hospital, because Manchester Memorial was originally dedicated as a memorial to all Manchester residents who died during WWI. In 1970, it was rededicated as a memorial to veterans of all wars.
The Manchester Police Department’s Honor Guard also joined the Manchester Veterans Council and proudly marched with them from the American Legion Post to the front lawn of the hospital.
Following the program, everyone was invited into the hospital to warm up with coffee and fresh pastries.
All of us at ECHN say "thank you" to all our Veterans past, present and future.