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Memorial Day Tribute scheduled for May 24 at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

American flagThe Vanderbilt University Medical Center Veterans Committee will host an inaugural Memorial Day tribute Thursday, May 24, 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s flagpole, 1601 23rd Ave. South. All VUMC staff and military veteran colleagues are invited to the event.

“We felt it was important that we pause for just a few moments during our busy day to reflect and honor our fallen soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors and first responders who gave their lives to protect and preserve our nation’s values,” said Joseph Qualls, Learning Consultant for the HR Learning & Development team and a member of the Veterans Committee. “The flagpole at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital was recently refurbished to fly an American flag of special meaning and is intended to offer a symbol of hope, freedom, and the values we share in this community.”

The tribute will commence with a statement on the importance of Memorial Day by Jameson Norton, CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics. Norton currently serves as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. The program will include a moment of silence, flag-raising honors, a musical selection by the VUMC United Voices of Vanderbilt Choir, Memorial Day reflections by various VUMC veterans, and closing remarks by Megan Youngblood, Army veteran and VUMC director of Strategic Programs.

VUMC’s commitment to making diversity and inclusion intentional as one of the organization’s four strategic directions led to the formation of the VUMC Veterans Committee. The committee, made up of Norton, Qualls, Youngblood and senior members of the HR Talent Acquisition team, plans to host future events to help inform, support and connect VUMC’s diverse workforce. 

For more information, please contact Joey Qualls at