Beginning at 9 a.m. this Friday, UAB will celebrate veterans and their families with their annual Veteran's Day ceremonies.
Published: November 7, 2017
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The hospital at UAB has recently created a new affinity group, VAMFF, which stands for Veterans, Active Military, Family and Friends. VAMFF is dedicated to providing camaraderie, support and assistance to meet the specific needs of military-affiliated personnel by addressing opportunities, options and obstacles faced by patients and their loved ones, as well as UAB employees.
The Veteran’s Day celebration will include recognition of veterans, a photo display and a presentation by one employee on her experiences during active-duty deployment, return to UAB and reintegration to the work environment.
This event will take place on the second floor atrium of the North Pavilion.
“The mission of the UAB Veterans, Active Military, Family and Friends group is to promote a community of inclusion, wellness and growth both within and beyond the walls of UAB,” said Anthony Patterson, senior vice president for Inpatient Services at UAB Medicine.
In the afternoon, UAB’s Veterans Services will commemorate Veterans Day by hosting its Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony on the campus green.
The service will begin at 1 p.m. with the posting of colors by UAB’s ROTC, followed by a prayer from retired Bessemer Police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) will be the guest speaker for the wreath-laying ceremony.
Following the prayer and remarks by Rep. Sewell, light refreshments will be served in the Veterans Services Office in the Hill Student Center, Room 313.
UAB is committed to supporting veterans in education, employment and health care. The wreath-laying ceremony is a visible token of the university’s appreciation of the service of countless men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. It is also a reminder of UAB’s commitment to veterans as they transition back into civilian life.