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Historical Walter Reed Hospital

Posted on: July 27, 2011


Being a lover of anything historical, it was with a bit of sadness that I read the following headline:  WALTER REED CLOSING AFTER MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF TREATING WOUNDED SOLDIERS.

Read the MSNBC story here.

The story intimates that while some buildings of the facility will have “landmark status”, others will be torn down or converted. It also makes it sound like the poor buildings were rather left to ruination for a fair amount of time. Terrible to hear of ill people being amid mice and mold.

So, you might be wondering, was there ever a Walter Reed — indeed! And the story has been running a photo (great to see) of the man himself:

Major Walter Reed lived 1851 to 1902; he was an Army physician. The photo is dated to c1875.

The “ceremonial flags” will retire today, July 27, 2011.

A true end of an era, and it comes in a year commemorating the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War.

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