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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Commemorating Veterans Day 2013

November 4, 2013

The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center will be commemorating Veterans Day with multiple events to recognize and celebrate Veterans.


Poetry Reading: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Students from the Montessori School will be onsite to read Veterans Day themed poetry in honor of Veterans. Readers will also include community leaders and VA representatives.


Annual Ceremony: Friday, November 8, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Korean War Veterans will sponsor the annual Veterans Day Ceremony onsite at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The keynote speaker is Army Capt. (Ret.) Thomas J. Hromisin, from Pittston, PA. Captain Hromisin is a graduate of Seton Catholic High School and received a full ROTC scholarship to the University of Scranton. He graduated from University of Scranton in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Leadership. Captain Hromisin was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 28, 2005. He was deployed to Iraq in April 2007 where he was wounded by a sniper on May 29, 2007. From this injury, he suffers from blindness and a severe Traumatic Brain Injury. He is accompanied by his guide dog, C.J.


Flag Signing: Friday, November 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – Noon – The organization “I Signed the Flag” will be hosting a flag signing for Veterans and visitors. Each flag will be personally escorted to the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C. where it will be archived. Veterans, family members and visitors can write a message on the flag, whether it be to one special Veteran or all Veterans.


Art Exhibit: Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – Noon – Media are welcome to view the art exhibit “From War to Home.” The exhibit will be displayed on the first floor of the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center through December 2013. “From War to Home” is the culmination of a year-long collaboration with Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Using a method called PhotoVoice Veterans were given cameras and asked to tell their stories of military service, deployment and homecoming. The overall goal of the project is to build bridges of understanding and rapport between Veterans and civilians.


For more information regarding any of the Wilkes-Barre VA’s Veterans Day events, or to RSVP for the events above, please contact Gail Ziegler, Public Affairs at (570) 821-7237 or gail.ziegler@va.gov.



The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (WBVAMC) is a 173-bed, teaching facility located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  Each year, WBVAMC serves over 40,000 Veterans in approximately 18 counties in Pennsylvania and New York with over 378,000 outpatient visits.  In addition to the main facility, the facility operates five Community Based Outpatient Clinics which are located in Allentown, Williamsport, Sayre, Bangor and Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania.