Thursday, August 25, 2005

Walter Reed Medical Center to close

From the AP:

WASHINGTON - A federal commission voted Thursday to close Walter Reed Army Medical Center -- the crown jewel of U.S. military hospitals -- as part of the
Pentagon's sweeping proposal to restructure bases across the country.

Located in the nation's capital, the century-old hospital has treated presidents and foreign leaders as well as veterans and soldiers, including those returning from the
Iraq war.

Most of its work would be relocated to a more modern, expanded hospital in Bethesda, Md., to be renamed Walter Reed in a nod to the old facility's heritage.

Hopefully they will do something constructive with the old building. Perhaps a "Purple Heart Museum" honoring the history of Walter Reed and the people who came through there.

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