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ST. MARYS - In honor of Memorial Day, a luminary service hosted by Elk Regional Health Center was held on Thursday night in recognition of individuals and organizations for their service to both community and country.
The evening began with a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" sung by Betty Schogren, Rene Smith, and the Rev. Craig Duffield.
In welcoming those in attendance, Gregory P. Bauer, president and CEO of Elk Regional Health System, discussed the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of America's servicemen and women.
"Making the good of the many a higher priority than the good of the one is what makes these servants, these Americans, so special and worthy of tribute. Look around you and you'll see 500 luminaries lit to honor those servants. Those being honored here tonight came from all walks of life and that's the beauty of service, anybody can do it," Bauer said.