TriStar Summit Medical Center officials donned masks and saluted veterans in a special ceremony at the hospital on Veterans Day.

The tribute was a sincere thank you to TriStar Summit’s physicians, patients and veteran colleagues, according to director of marketing and public relations Tonya Grissom. It was also available for the patients and visitors on hand.

The special guest speaker was retired Col. Dr. Tama R. Vander, who is the chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare TriStar Division.  The 129th Army Band played the national anthem, and the Tennessee National Guard presented the colors.

CEO Brian Merger spoke at the ceremony and thanked veterans. The event was dedicated to Sgt. Alvin C. York and his commitment to his country.

York was born Dec. 13, 1887 in Pall Mall and was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I. He led an attack on a German machine gun nest, took at least one machine gun, captured 132 enemy soldiers and killed at least 25. For this, he received the Medal of Honor. He died Sept. 2, 1964. Each of the hospital’s veteran staff members received a copy of York’s diary.

TriStar Summit Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin Hamilton was present with his father-in-law, George Marshall Cranford. He is a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. He was an Army Ranger.

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