Monday, April 16, 2012

Elk Regional, Community Nurses to Honor Those Who Serve with Luminary Service

With a special luminary service, Elk Regional Health Center and Community Nurses, Inc. will honor or memorialize local servicemen and women, veterans, volunteers, health care workers, and others who have served their community.

“Honoring Those Who Serve” will be held at 8 p.m. on May 24 in front of the historic stone building at Elk Regional Health Center. The service, which is open to the public, is part of the Health System’s celebration of National Hospital Week, National Nursing Home Week, National Nurse’s Day, and Memorial Day, all of which fall during the month of May.

“Elk Regional, like all health systems, is an organization that was built on a foundation of service and responsibility to one's community,” said Gregory P. Bauer, the President and CEO of Elk Regional Health System. “As we celebrate our 110th anniversary, we felt it important to honor those who have given of themselves to make our community and our country better places to live, work, and play.”

During the service, a flag ceremony will be held and the names of those honored or memorialized will be read as the luminaries are lit. To end the service, Taps will be sounded.

Luminaries are now on sale. Order forms are available in the local newspapers, as well as in the lobby of Elk Regional Health Center and the lobby of Pinecrest Manor. Printable order forms are also available for download by clicking here.

The cost is $5 per luminary. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to Rides 4 Vets of Elk and Cameron counties, an organization that provides veterans with transportation to appointments at Veteran’s Affairs facilities throughout the region.

“It is often said that nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something,” said Rebecca Nelson, the CEO of Community Nurses, Inc. “The selfless service of others is a very special and unique gift, and we wanted to honor and thank those who have given of themselves.”

Attendees who need to be seated should bring a folding lawn chair. Veteran’s groups who would like to attend the luminary service should RSVP to Kristen Johnson at (814) 788-8832.