Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Honors America’s Fallen Soldiers

ZEELAND, Mich., May 22 – Memorial Day allows each of us to pause in respect of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, along with the entire Spectrum Health System, will honor our fallen soldiers with a symbolic table of remembrance. The POW/MIA table will display items representing the service and commitment of those we have lost in battle.

The table that stands in the hospital lobby is a place of honor. In setting this table, we acknowledge those missing from our celebration today. And we remember them.

  • The table is small, and set for one—symbolizing the vulnerability of a lone prisoner against his captors.
  • The white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.
  • The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.
  • The table itself is round to show that our concern for them is never ending.
  • The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends.
  • The single red rose reminds us of their families and loved ones. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.
  • The candle symbolizes the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet accounted for.
  • The slices of lemon on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate.
  • The salt upon the bread plate represent the tears of their families.
  • The wine glass, turned upside down, reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in the festivities of the evening.

We will never forget their sacrifice.

Until the day they return home, or find eternal peace, we will remember.

This memorial, located in the main hospital lobby, will be available to view starting on Friday, May 26.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 779,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610
Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org