9/11 Flag & Heroes - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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9/11 Flag & Heroes

Capt. Perry Huffman and Officer Justin Spellman

Capt. Perry Huffman and Officer Justin Spellman at the National 9/11 Flag Official Stitching Ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Sculptor's Studio at Mt. Rushmore.

By D. Eiring
Thursday, August 11, 2011

VA Black Hills Health Care System employees have the honor and privilege to serve heroes every day. Some heroes share their stories and some heroes we connect with never share information about their sacrifice, dedication and service to our country and to all of us as American citizens. We are touched by heroes in many ways; those who have served their county, those who continue to serve their country and those who continue to impact their own communities after service to their country. Indeed sometimes these heroes possess one or more of these qualities.

Such is the case for two VA Black Hills Health Care System employees; Perry Huffman – Hot Springs VAMC Police Officer and Justin Shellhammer – Fort Meade VAMC Police Officer.  Both were honored recently for their heroic efforts and recognized at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on August 9, 2011. 

Captain Huffman was nominated by his family for saving the life of a five year old boy from drowning and for rescuing an autistic teenager who was wandering on I-90. 

Officer Shellhammer was nominated by a co-worker for his service in Afghanistan and being the first amputee to complete the South Dakota Law Enforcement Academy. 

Both of these men continue to “serve those who have served” through their work at VA Black Hills Health Care System.  We couldn’t be more proud, congratulations to both of you!

On a journey across America through the 10th Year Anniversary of 9/11, the goal of The National 9/11 Flag Tour is to display this historic flag at leading venues nationwide, to empower local service heroes in all 50 states with the privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13 stripe format and to inspire Americans with the flag’s rich history in order to deepen our sense of citizenship and bolster volunteerism on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and beyond. For more information visit www.National911Flag.org 

To view more photos of the Official Stitching Ceremony held at Mt. Rushmore, visit our Facebook page.


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