GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- Gaston County's largest employer is striking a deal with American military veterans who complained that a name change indicated people are forgetting the sacrifice of World War II vets.
Administrators of the recently renamed CaroMont Regional Medical Center are compromising with local veterans angered by the decision last month to change the hospital's name from Gaston Memorial Hospital.
The Gastonia hospital was founded the year after World War II to honor local veterans who died. An American Legion post spearheaded a fundraiser and raised more than $1 million and textile mill workers were inspired to contribute.
Hospital officials twice met with local veterans and are promising to build a new veterans monument in a prominent place on the medical campus, which will be newly christened the Gaston Memorial Medical Park.