Daytona Beach, FL – (November 10, 2023) In a moving tribute to honor the brave men and women who have served in the military, Halifax Health hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the WWII Memorial located at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, and held additional ceremonies at Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange, and Halifax Health | UF Health – Medical Center of Deltona. The event, attended by Halifax Health Team Members, patients and the broader community, paid homage to Halifax Health veterans and featured an address by Captain Jake Johansson, United States Navy, retired.
The ceremony started with the Presentation of the Colors by the Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC Color Guard. Jeff Feasel, President and CEO of Halifax Health, welcomed the attendees at 11:00 am and introduced the guest speaker, Captain Jake Johansson, whose distinguished military service includes commanding roles and dedication from Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads to the U.S. Navy Pentagon for 35 years.
Captain Jake Johansson delivered a powerful message, urging attendees not only to express gratitude to veterans but also to acknowledge the sacrifices made by their families. He emphasized, “Veterans Day is not just about thanking those who served but recognizing the families who stood beside them, the unsung heroes of our nation’s defense.”
Jeff Feasel stated, “Halifax Health takes great pride in being military-friendly and the healthcare leader in our community. Today’s ceremony not only honors our veterans but also highlights the deep respect and appreciation we have for their service and sacrifices.”
The ceremony featured the Star-Spangled Banner performed by the Mainland High School Chorus, and a Taps rendition in memory of fallen heroes.
As the event concluded, Halifax Health recognized and invited veterans to the front for a group photo. The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC Color Guard led a formal exit to a luncheon under France Tower Portico, where attendees enjoyed lunch and received a special gift in appreciation of their service.
The day’s events were not only a celebration of service but also a reminder of the ongoing commitment to honor and support veterans within the Halifax Health family and the broader community.
About Halifax Health:
Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care network, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department with board-certified pediatricians on staff 24/7, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. It’s also the area’s longest-standing Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) offering complete Neurosurgical Services.