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'Freedom Appreciation' exhibit honors veterans at Adventist hospitals

Published: Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT

LA GRANGE – A new exhibit featuring items from staff at Adventist La Grange Memorial and Adventist Hinsdale hospitals honors members of the military and their families.

The “Freedom Appreciation” exhibit opened with a reception June 5 and will remain on display through July in the atrium at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

“We want to express our appreciation to all who have served or are serving in the military,” said Sue Kett, who leads the Healing Arts program run by Adventist Midwest Health, in a release.

The exhibit features photographs, collages, personal stories, poems and other framed artwork of family members who are military veterans or who are actively serving, Kett said.

Kett said that “Freedom Appreciation” gives people the chance to reflect upon the freedoms we enjoy and all that people have sacrificed to protect it.

“We need to take a moment to express our appreciation to each and every one of them,” Kett said.

During the exhibit’s opening reception, John Rapp, vice president of ministries and mission for Adventist Midwest Health, reflected upon the military service of his family, especially his brother Ron, whom his family worried was killed in action in Vietnam before learning that he survived. He was later awarded the Purple Heart as a Marine.

Adventist Midwest Health’s Healing Arts program includes monthly musical performances in Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s atrium and visits to patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital from a certified music practitioner harpist.

Other programs being launched include rotating art galleries and a portable art cart with art supplies for patients to use at their bedside.

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