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Veteran Endoscopy employees featured on the "Veterans' Wall of Honor" pose for a group photo.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
A single photo can be used to convey a complex idea, tell a story, or remind a person of their glory days. For Veterans, photos are a type of memento from their military service, helping them to remember the good times, the bad times, life changing experiences, and friends with whom they share a common bond. Photos also help Veterans tell their story to someone who may know little or nothing about the military.
In the weeks prior to Veterans’ Day, 2014 Greta Wright, a registered nurse (RN) in the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System endoscopy unit was compelled to do something special for her Veteran co-workers to show her appreciation for their service.
Wright, an avid scrapbooker, and daughter of an Army Veteran decided to use her scrapbooking experience to create a heartwarming tribute to her Veteran colleagues. Wright gathered both military, and current photos of each Veteran in her section, and in her off time, began to craft her project. Over the next few days, Wright tirelessly matted each Veteran’s photos and mounted them to cardstock along with a name card, the logo of the branch they served in, and branch specific embellishments, creating an individual collage board for each Veteran assigned to the endoscopy unit. When every photo board was complete, Wright displayed them jointly in a common area creating a “Veterans’ Wall of Honor”. Alone, each collage tells the story of a Veteran who served their country, and continues to serve by providing medical care to fellow Veterans. Combined, the collage boards represent a dedicated team of Veterans with shared experiences, working together to achieve a common goal.
Originally, Wright had intended to remove the tribute once Veterans Day had passed, however, everyone in the section was so moved by her expression of gratitude, that they agreed the Veterans’ wall should become a permanent fixture. This November marks the three-year anniversary of the wall’s inception. Wright has continued to work diligently to ensure that her labor of love remains current by creating and adding a new collage board for every Veteran who arrives to the unit, as well as presenting outgoing Veterans with their collage as a souvenir of their time in the section. Wright’s salute to her co-workers has become a welcome addition to the endoscopy unit, reminding every Veteran who works there, that their service to this great nation is appreciated.