32 veterans honored during biannual memorial service at VAs living center

first_imgJulie Bryan hugged whom she described as “one of the greatest nurses in the world,” a woman who helped care for Bryan’s father in the years he lived at the Vancouver VA campus’ Community Living Center.The two reconnected Friday at a ceremony honoring Bryan’s dad, John Bryan, and 31 other veterans who had passed away over the last six months, during the biannual memorial service, Remembering our Heroes.The service was held in the center’s dining room overlooking the campus lawn. Pink roses and raised garden beds could be seen in the background through the floor to ceiling windows.Inside, family, friends and staff sat silent as bagpipes sounded from the hall. Members from the Washington National Guard Color Guard posted the colors.“Today, we come together to celebrate the lives of our heroes, our patriots, our veterans who are no longer with us,” said Darwin Goodspeed, director of the Portland VA Health Care System.last_img