Valley Medical Center staff watches the Pride Flag as it is unfurled from the roof of the hospital's South Tower.
Perioperative Services Manager Jeremy Wyatt addressed those who gathered outside Valley this morning to remember the victims who lost their lives in Orlando and in support of the loved ones they left behind.
As Valley’s Pride flag unfurled against the side of the hospital’s South Tower, Jeremy said, “We display the Pride flag, along with the other three UW Medicine hospitals, in solidarity for strength and healing following this devastating tragedy. We believe that hate always loses and love always wins, so let us use the events that transpired this weekend to strengthen our dedication to inclusion and acceptance for all. One of our great sources of Pride at Valley is the diversity of our staff who represent all of the diverse communities we serve. Please support each other as we mourn and transition through the healing process.”
After taking a moment of silence to remember, reflect and honor those lost and those left behind, Jeremy continued, “Currently the American flag is at half-mast in recognition of the tragedy in Orlando. Once it returns to full mast, we plan to do a formal Pride flag raising for the upcoming Seattle Pride activities. We will send out further communication so stay tuned.”
Jeremy concluded by thanking the Facilities team and Gladys Clark in Linens for their help and assistance in making the flag raising possible, as well as the Valley team for their support.