The Greatest Generation Wall - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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The Greatest Generation Wall

April 2, 2015


The Greatest Generation wall, on the first floor near the
main lobby entrance, has pictures of approximately
70 Veterans who served in World War II.

A new wall display at the MEDVAMC is getting quite a bit of attention.  The Medical Center is highlighting World War II Veterans with a new “Greatest Generation” display on the first floor near the main lobby entrance.  The hallway has become crowded with Veterans, visitors and employees stopping to look at pictures of approximately 70 Veterans who served in World War II. 

“This wall display is amazing,” said Fred Newtz, Houston County Service Officer.  “What a great way to honor these Veterans who served so long ago.”

The new wall display went up late last week.  Many of the photographs feature Veteran patients holding up pictures of themselves in uniform back when they were in the service; more than 70 years ago. 

The “Greatest Generation” is a term used to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II.  Late in 2014, the MEDVAMC Communications Department began photographing World War II Veterans who volunteered to be featured on the “Greatest Generation” wall.

“Each one of the Veterans we photographed has an amazing story to tell,” said Tami Melitos, the Texas Army National Guard Veteran and Public Affairs Specialist who photographed the majority of the Veterans on the wall. “It was an honor and a privilege meeting them and their family members.”

Cheryl Gayden Hicks, the Medical Center’s Patient Centered Care Coordinator, especially enjoys walking by the Greatest Generation Wall Display.  “My dad  is a World War II Veteran whose picture is on the wall,” she said.  “I’m so proud!”

An official unveiling of the new wall display will occur later in the month.  Additional pictures continue to be added to the wall as Veterans and family members see the wall and word gets around.  World War II Veterans who would like to be photographed for the Houston VA’s Greatest Generation Wall  can call the Communications Department at ext. 24695 for more information.