Red Bank, NJ: Riverview Medical Center hosted a very special ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, to honor all veterans with special recognition for fallen military heroes and their loved ones. At the front of the room for all to view was a table set for the unknown soldier.  The set table was met with an empty chair, a reminder to everyone present that Memorial Day is about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have our freedom.

Special recognition was given to fallen military hero PFC Gary Lentz of the U.S. Army, whose family member Susan P. Hanrahan, is a team member of Hackensack Meridian Health. The event began with welcoming remarks from Dave Robinson, Site Manager, Materials Management at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  Robinson is a retired MSG of the US Air Force. Robinson, as seen and heard in the following video link, thanked the administration of Riverview Medical Center for hosting the event and introduced the Sayreville War Memorial High School Air Force, JROTC  Honor Guard for the Posting of the Colors and Presentation of Arms. 

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The National Anthem was sung next followed by an invocation by Reverend Dan Herman who remembered in prayer 'all who have served and all who have died for us.' Herman commented, "We lift up and remember especially the men and women of this nation who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, given their lives to maintain our freedoms. We give thanks to the families and friends of those who have given their lives and we thank them for the sacrifices they have endured for us."

Tim Hogan, President of Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center explained in detail the symbolic meaning of the 'laying of the wreath' and the 'set table for the unknown soldier. Hogan called upon Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Costanza.  See video here for wreath laying and symbolic meaning of the set table for the unknown soldier: 


The event included a ceremonial folding of the flag with NJ Army National Guard SFC Joseph & SGT Mazza.  The flag was formally presented to Susan P. Hanrahan, Hackensack Meridian Team Member whose loved one is a fallen soldier. The event culminated with Taps by George Bateman, Retired US Navy, of VFW, Middletown, NJ.

See video here for flag folding ceremony and to listen to Taps:

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