Col. Melissa Coburn honors veterans at Temecula Valley Hospital

Keynote speaker Col. Melissa Coburn, center right, stands with retired board members Maj. Gen. Claude Reinke, left’ Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital; Joan Sparkman, Dr. Jerry Hizon and Joe Kuebler at a Veterans Day recognition event. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Col. Melissa Coburn, the first female commander of March Air Reserve Base in their 101-year history, honored Temecula Valley Hospital physicians, employees and volunteers for a Veterans Day recognition event Friday, Nov. 1. Attendees enjoyed a special presentation from the commander in the Hospital’s Heroes Community Room which is dedicated to local community veterans, first responders and military heroes.

“Our Veterans Day recognition event was a tremendous success.  It was such an honor to have Col. Melissa Coburn, as our keynote speaker.  We are indebted to all of our veterans who have given service to this country,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said.

Coburn presented a special thank you to the health care providers for the holistic health care provided to patients, which often includes veterans.

“For those of you who serve in the medical field, thank you.  I want to emphasize that it is all of you who have taken care of us. You have taken an oath to care for your fellow human beings and it is that oath that separates you that makes you unique,” said Coburn. “On behalf of the members of Team March, thank you for all you do…we can continue to serve because you serve us!”

The hospital also had the honor of having the presentation of colors by members of the Navy JROTC from Chaparral High School. The national anthem was led by the Inland Empire Southwest Women’s Chorus, and each division of the military was recognized through the Armed Forces Medley of songs.

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Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.