Fort Harrison VA Hospital celebrates 100 years

Phil Drake

Fort Harrison Veterans Hospital celebrated its first 100 years Friday with a ceremony that not only drew the entire Montana congregational delegation, but other federal officials as well.

In a ceremony in which rain clouds hovered overhead and brisk winds made the event’s tent snap, the hospital was praised for its role in helping veterans and for what it means to the state. 

Friday’s 100th anniversary celebration of Fort Harrison VA included a health fair and parade of emergency service vehicles.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

“As we celebrate the last 100 years, this is not just a celebration of the Fort Harrison VA Hospital,” Judy Hayman, executive director of Montana Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, said. “It is a recognition of every individual who has walked these grounds. Thousands of veterans have come through the doors to seek healing and strength. Countless people have shown up daily to ensure this care is possible.”

About 200 people attended the ceremony, including Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Rep. Matthew Rosendale.

Also in attendance were Ralph Gigliotti, VISN 19 network

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