The Armed Services YMCA thanked Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) last week for its support with the Field of Heroes held at the Waynesville City Park in July.

The Armed Services YMCA thanked Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) last week for its support with the Field of Heroes held at the Waynesville City Park in July.
“We are grateful to you for being a major sponsor of the event,” Linda Bright, executive director of the Armed Services YMCA of Missouri, told the finance committee of the PCRMC Board of Trustees at the Aug. 27 meeting.
Bright and Josh Deavours, executive vice president of Citizens Bank of Missouri, who will chair next year’s event, presented PCRMC board chairwoman Jo Ann Brand-Hoertel with a flag that flew at the Waynesville City Park from Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27.
Three hundred 3-foot-by-5-foot flags were displayed from poles while another 100 15-inch flags were displayed in combat boots during the tribute to heroes. The heroes honored were not just service members at Fort Leonard Wood, but all current service members, veterans, fallen soldiers, as well as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical service workers and others who serve and protect people.
“So there were 400 flags on display,” Bright said. “Forty-nine flags were from the hospital. That was wonderful.”
Deavours said the goal for next year is 500 flags on display.
“We thank you so much for your help,” he told the hospital board.
The celebration of heroes and patriotism included Boy Scouts who helped with flag retirement ceremonies during the three days.
Speakers were Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman and state Rep. Steve Lynch.
The large flags were sponsored for $50 each and the small boot flags for $25. Sponsors honored heroes with a commemorative card listing honored heroes’ names, branch of service and dates of service.
The public was invited to walk through the Field of Heroes, read the cards and take photos.
Money raised through sponsorships went to support programs for families of service members stationed in Missouri.
Citizens Bank of Newburg in St. Robert and Phelps Regional Medical Center in Rolla were designated as the guardian sponsors.
Heather Chirban, who coordinated the hospital’s guardian sponsorship, said PCRMC donated $2,500 toward the event in addition to purchasing over 50 American flags on behalf of all hospital employees and volunteers who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military.
PCRMC CEO John Denbo said the hospital was pleased to have the opportunity to be a guardian sponsor of the Field of Heroes event.
“To sponsor the event was a way for the hospital to say ‘thank you’ to all of our military service men and women for their service,” Denbo said, noting that PCRMC has numerous employees who are veterans.
PCRMC also works with the military and their families as patients, Denbo said.
“PCRMC has always had a deep dedication to serve our military service personnel in any way possible, and the organization has always had a strong commitment with the Fort Leonard Wood, St. Robert and Waynesville communities.”
In fact, when the hospital opened in 1951, it was called Phelps County Memorial Hospital, with the “Memorial” part honoring World War II and Korean War veterans who served and lived in the community.
Field of Heroes will be an annual event held in Waynesville City Park next to the Armed Services YMCA.
Paul Hackbarth contributed to this report.