October 2016 NewsFlash

Wayne Memorial Hospital Donates to Walk of Honor

Noting that Wayne Memorial Hospital began back in 1920 as a memorial to Wayne County veterans who had lost their lives in World War I, the hospital’s current Chief Executive Officer David Hoff was honored to be asked to sponsor one of 17 podiums at the new Wayne County Walk of Honor. Each podium in the Walk, a project of the Wayne County Business and Professional Women (BPW), features the names of servicemen and women who are buried in Wayne County, a national cemetery or overseas. The Walk of Honor is on Court Street, next to the county courthouse, and is expected to officially open on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. A ceremony scheduled for 11am will honor the 9,000 soldiers whose names grace the podiums. The site also includes a map of Wayne County cemeteries and a central monument with insignias from all branches of the military. “We are grateful to Wayne Memorial and our other sponsors,” said Betty deMaye Caruth, BPW, “and we welcome more. We will also need donations to continue to maintain the site. We hope people come and see it. It’s really a living testament to those who, by joining the military, signified their willingness to give up their lives for our freedom.” Photo left to right: Lisa Champeau, Wayne Memorial Hospital; David Hoff; and veterans and BPW Walk Committee members Melissa Rickard, CRNP/Air Force Reserves Ret., Lawrence Caruth, DMD/U.S. Army Reserves Ret., Betty Caruth, RN, PhD/U.S. Army Reserves Ret.

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