Dedication of veterans at UCI Health is celebrated with a flag-raising ceremony
Veterans recognized for legacy of commitment to the nation and community
November 09, 2023
Orange, Calif. — On the morning of Nov. 9, under the bright skies of Orange, the UCI Health Veterans Day observance commenced with a poignant flag raising and presentation of colors.
Orchestrated by Brian Strong, RN, a U.S. Army veteran and the cardiac telemetry unit nurse manager at UCI Health, the event paid homage to the dedicated veterans among its workforce.
The event recognized the dual service of more than 30 UCI Health colleagues who have served in the military, now continuing their legacy of commitment in the field of healthcare. Their stories of dedication, which bridged the gap between military service and medical service, were at the forefront of the honors.
The ceremony was marked by the leadership narrative of Strong, whose path from military service to medical leadership was inspired by his early experiences caring for his diabetic brother. In organizing this ceremony for the third consecutive year, Strong has exemplified the transition from military duty to a passion for patient care.
“I want to thank everyone for coming today to join us here to recognize not only the UCI Health veterans but the veterans across the country, said Strong.
“Especially those who put themselves in harm’s way to defending the American freedoms and democracy we all love.”
As a special tribute, each veteran received a commemorative pin following the ceremony, symbolizing their unique contributions to the nation and now to the health of their community.
The ceremony not only signifies the respect UCI Health has for veteran service but also its pledge to excellence in patient care. UCI Health is grateful to these individuals for their military service and their current contributions to health.
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