Each November, we take the opportunity to honor and appreciate the sacrifices and selflessness of the men and women who serve in the American armed forces. Here at WakeMed, we are fortunate to have more than 400 active and veteran service members among our team. These employees, physicians and volunteers have made remarkable contributions to our country, and we are proud that they are part of the WakeMed family.
Having spent more than half my life in the Navy, I hold a special place in my heart for Veterans Day. I am humbled to have served alongside so many outstanding individuals throughout my career, and I am honored to continue working among so many service men and women here at WakeMed. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the sacrifices of my true heroes…the families of those who serve and have served in our military.
In honor of Veterans Day, I encourage you to take a moment – today, tomorrow or next week – to thank a service member for his or her dedicated service to our community, state, nation and world. Another way to honor service members is to read the proclamation the President issued in honor of Veterans Day. It eloquently describes the important contributions of our United States Armed Forces.
May God bless you all and keep you safe, and may God bless this wonderful nation.
Donald R. Gintzig is the president and chief operating officer of WakeMed Health & Hospitals. He is a retired Rear Admiral of the United States Navy.