CRMC salutes Aurelia veteran Banister

Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Hospice honored its 11th veteran as Leslie Banister was recognized for his Army career during a Sunset Knoll Care and Rehabilitation Center event March 30. Banister died April 7.

According to a framed photo near Banister, it was March 1942 that he was at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Army barracks number one. The group served in the European campaign.

“The military has a mission, when they joined not to be served, but to serve. They put aside their life stateside and their plans to serve their country. Their service and sacrifice reminds us that ‘freedom isn’t free’,” said hospice chaplain Larry Ostercamp, lauding the efforts of the greatest generation that won World War II and saved the world from tyranny.

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