Baptist teams honor veterans on Veterans Day

In honor of veterans, Baptist teams held events around the system on Veterans Day.

At Baptist Golden Triangle, the Cardiac Rehab department paid special tribute to veterans, including their patients, by providing refreshments in the department on Thursday, Nov. 10 and on Veterans Day.

Shown in the photo on the left are Duncan Wineman, second from left, who did not serve in the military himself, but whose dad retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy after 23 years and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, where Wineman grew up; Billy Crossely, who served for 11 years in the Army National Guard and Reserves; and Lattimore Peters who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. Cardiac Rehab exercise specialist Dexter Shelton, left and Dyshone Robbins, RN, right, were among the Cardiac Rehab staff who planned the event and provided the refreshments.

In the photo on the right, William Gunter and his wife, Toni Jo, of Hamilton, Miss., enjoyed refreshments in the Cardiac Rehab department. Mr. Gunter served four years in the U.S. Navy Special Forces and is also a patient in the Cardiac Rehab department.

Baptist DeSoto’s annual Shoeboxes for Soldiers drive included more than 30 schools that collected 6,000 shoeboxes filled with toiletries and snacks for North Mississippi troops deployed overseas. Four DeSoto County Schools will receive physical education grants for collecting a combined 2,400 boxes.

The supplies were presented to members of the Army National Guard’s Project Package program during the city of Horn Lake and Baptist DeSoto’s Veterans Day event on Thursday, Nov. 10.

“It is our privilege to continue this wonderful tradition,” said James Huffman, CEO and administrator of Baptist DeSoto. “For more than a decade, our community has responded to our call to help support our servicemen and women who sacrifice their well-being for our freedom. Shoeboxes for Soldiers is one small way we can thank them for their dedication.”

For 10 years, Baptist DeSoto has hosted a Veterans Day event to honor local military for their service. This year, the hospital partnered with the city of Horn Lake and hosted a combined event, where all veterans who attended received a free breakfast.