PUEBLO, Colo. - Parkview Medical Center in the 'Home of Heroes' is beginning a new program to honor our nation’s veterans.
Starting Tuesday, the hospital will launch the 'Veterans Salute,' a way to recognize its patients, staff, and volunteers.
Veteran patients will be indicated by a veteran ribbon at the foot of their bed.
Veterans who pass away in the hospital's care will be honored with a 'final salute' where staff and visitors pay their last respects.
We spoke to a former Air Force captain who’s now a nurse with Parkview about why this program is important.
"You know it sounds cliché but freedom is not free, and they've paid the price whether physically or emotionally and some don't come home at all. So, I think that that's something that needs to be recognized," said Melinda McAndrews with Parkview Medical Center.
McAndrews says staff and visitors will also be recognized with a special badge holder to indicate veteran service.