DANSVILLE — UR Medicine/Noyes Health celebrated their third year of honoring local veterans on the lobby walls in the hospital.
UR Medicine/Noyes Health Information Systems Assistant Brenda Hoag made it her mission to coordinate the Veterans Wall every year.
“There is a lot of history on these walls,” she said. “I see it as we are honoring 170 local heroes.”
In the first year there were 62 veterans on the wall, by the second year there was 115. Now there are 170 veterans all with roots to UR Medicine/Noyes Health.
UR Medicine/Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard welcomed everyone to the annual veterans celebration on Nov. 1.
“We honor those who served in the military,” she said. “They all work here directly, or are related to the employees.”
Hoag said she was honored to present the 170 heroes on the walls in the lobby.
“I want to give a shout out to our employees who have or are currently serving our country,” she said. “This is extra special this year, since this is the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.”
Hoag wants everyone to take time to read the names and accomplishments on the walls.
Those who were at the celebration and have served our country find it to be a great honor.
Lindsay FitzPatrick was in the Army National Guard for six years.
“I wanted the benefits it offers and to serve my country,” she said. “This is my second time on the wall, and my husband (CJ FitzPatrick) is on the wall this year too.”
UR Medicine/Noyes Health Public Relations Director Mary Sue Dehn said the wall is an amazing way to honor veterans.
“This is an incredible labor of love from Brenda and those who helped her,” she said. “This is about our community. We want people to come in and see our 170 heroes.”
The exact display is also on the walls at the Geneseo location. It is a double effort to make sure everyone honors these veterans.
Mike Perry is currently serving over nine years in the Army National Guard.
“It is an honor to be on the wall,” he said. “Not everyone gets recognized like this. Not everyone on the wall is looking for special treatment. We all signed up for this. Some people will thank you, and others will give you dirty looks.”
Perry said he has only worked at UR Medicine/ Noyes Health for about six months, but he has gotten a warm treatment from all the staff.
“It is closer to home to come to Noyes,” he said. “This is more like a second home to me. These people are nice, and this is a great job.”
“I am the first of my family to be on the wall. My grandfather was in World War Two,” Perry continued. “ I joined when I was 18 years old. I needed to do something with my life, and I didn’t want to just sit around.”
Livingston County Veteran Services Director Jason Skinner also has the honor of being one of the 170 heroes on the wall.
“People don’t tend to think local when they think about veterans,” he said. “They think about all the bigger branches. I like seeing Noyes highlight the heroes in the community we can honor everyday.”
Now these veterans can come to UR Medicine/Noyes Health when they are getting cancer treatment, and no longer have to go to Rochester or Buffalo.
Skinner was in the Army for four years after September 11, 2001 turned our world upside down.
“It was after 9/11. I joined when I was 25 years old,” he said. “I was feeling very patriotic after that. We had just declared war in Afghanistan. I got out of my advanced training, and I was part of the First Wave when we invaded Iraq.”
Everyone is encouraged to come to Noyes Hospital and see the 170 heroes on the walls of the visitor's lobby.