VA Celebrates Flag Day with Special Ceremony

Event includes check presentation by a group of United States military veterans from Alpheus Communications L.P.

 

WHEN:       Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 10 a.m.

WHERE:     4th Floor Auditorium, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030

WHAT:        The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center will host a Flag Day

Ceremony on June 14, 2005 at 10 a.m. in the facility’s 4th Floor Auditorium.

During this event, a group of United States military veterans from Alpheus Communications L.P. will present a substantial monetary donation to the MEDVAMC for use in the facility’s staff and veteran education program. Alpheus is a Houston-based telecommunications network provider with a significant presence in the Texas Medical Center.  Paul Hobby, Alpheus’ CEO will be in attendance.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony is Captain Lisa Jean Cole, a member of the United States Army Reserves and a physician assistant at the MEDVAMC. From August 2003 to May 2004, Cole was activated and sent to the Middle East to serve as a physician assistant. She was first stationed at Camp Wolverine in Kuwait where she performed post-health deployment assessments for military personnel to document health issues and possible biological and chemical exposures. Cole was then deployed to Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq where she volunteered with the Civil Affairs Unit to perform health outreach missions to the local villages.

The U.S. Congress first authorized the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777.  This date is now observed as Flag Day. The name Old Glory was given to our Nation’s Flag on August 10, 1831 by Captain William Driver of the brigantine, Charles Doggett. In 1949, President Harry Truman signed legislation making Flag Day a day of national observance to promote unification and patriotism among Americans.

For information about the U.S. Flag Code, the flag’s history, or flag etiquette, visit http://www.usflag.org/us.code36.html or http://www.legion.org/.