Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
The Greatest Generation Wall
April 2, 2015
The Greatest Generation wall, on the first floor near the
“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.