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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor, Congressman Honor Veterans at VA Hospital

Monday November 10, 2008

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth greeted veterans at the VA Hospital this afternoon and urged citizens to thank veterans for their service. Veterans’ Day will be observed tomorrow, and Abramson announced that the bells on city buildings will toll 11 times at 11 a.m. to commemorate the holiday.

“Our military veterans have been true servants of our country and her citizens, at home and abroad,” Abramson said. “I would encourage everyone to reach out to a veteran this week to say thank you.”

“What better way to honor Veterans’ Day than by shaking hands with the men and women who made such personal sacrifices for our country,” added Yarmuth. “Hearing the stories about their service is a powerful reminder of their courage and dedication.”

Veterans Day marks the anniversary of the World War I armistice that stopped fighting between the Allied nations and Germany. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1938.

Work is expected to begin on a new VA Hospital in Louisville in the coming months. Early this year, Yarmuth secured the first funding for the hospital with House approval of $45 million in the FY09 House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. The VA has since increased the funding pledged for FY09 to $75 million

The Louisville Veterans Affairs Hospital opened in 1952 to serve the health needs of military men and women in Kentucky and Indiana. More than 166,000 veterans live in the 40-county area surrounding Louisville. Services available include primary care, mental health evaluations, and support groups for substance abuse. The hospital also assists veterans returning home from assignment with their transition back to civilian life.

People who wish to visit or volunteer at the hospital may call 287-6221 for information.