GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gaston County veterans joined forces Thursday to speak in front of the Gaston County Commission, expressing their unhappiness with the local hospital's name change.
Veterans from all divisions of the military and parts of Gaston County came dressed in their best to show unity against the new CaroMont Regional Medical center name.
“I don't like it. Memorial should have stayed in the name even if they changed the name--they should have kept memorial in there," said Tony Sherill.
Sherill is with Gaston Co. Legion Post 23, the group who spearheaded the effort to build the hospital.
“In 1946, at end of WWII, there were many coming back maimed and injured from the war and the current hospital was not adequate to take care of them."
So the community made it happen by raising a million dollars
“Not only did WWII veterans give money, but the poor people in textile mills [did, too]. They were asking for a week’s salary from them and they were lowest paid people in [the] county, and they came forward and did it."
Veterans say there's nothing regional about that hospital, so, in their opinion, the name should reflect its true purpose as a memorial.
“Just the name ‘CaroMont Regional Medical Center’ makes it sound ‘in the view of’. [A] lot of veterans-- like something it's not, it's not a regional medical center for this part of North Carolina, it's Gaston County's community hospital.”