Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
VA Augusta Chaplains, family remember Veterans at ‘Last Roll Call of Remembrance’ ceremony
May 14, 2019
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Chaplain Service of Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center conducted the semi-annual “Last Roll Call of Remembrance” ceremony on Sunday, May 5. The ceremony, done on the first Sunday in May and the first Sunday in November, invites family members and loved ones of Veterans who passed away at the medical center to return for a time of reflection, closure and celebration of the life of their loved ones.
Dr. Gwendolyn Lewis, chief of chaplain service here, said that the occasion is to commemorate, honor and celebrate the unselfish sacrifices of the men and women who served this nation.
"It is always a pleasure for chaplain service to take care of the religious and spiritual needs of the patient, to provide pastoral care and to be a listening ear and advocate for the Veteran and their family members," she said. "The ceremony is one way to continue caring for the family members of the Veteran, and to thank the family for entrusting their loved one -- the Veteran -- into the caring hands of the medical center staff, and leadership."
Dr. Robin E. Jackson, Medical Center Director, offered words of support and comfort to the family members. VA Augusta Chaplains Rose S. Bryan and Robert F. Williams served as project officers.
In addition, the Evans High School JROTC Sabre Team under the direction of First Sergeant Louis Strickland were key participants. The team executed an exemplary rendering of the American flag, presented the flag to the seated congregants, then ceremoniously handed it off to staff member, Chaplain Curtis A. Andries. As the names of each veteran was called family members were given the opportunity to place an American Flag in honor of their departed love one, “gone, but never to be forgotten.”
"The program was very well thought out and executed flawlessly. Chaplain Rose Bryan contributed an inspiring message as a special tribute for those in attendance," Lewis said.