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Bay Pines VA hosts renaming ceremony
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A renaming ceremony on April 25 at 10 a.m. honors the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young. Congress passed a bill shortly after his death renaming the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
BAY PINES - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host a medical center renaming ceremony in honor of the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young on April 25, at 10 a.m.

The public ceremony will take place at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines in the courtyard located between Building 37 and Building 2.

U.S. House of Representatives Bill 3302 was signed into law (Public Law 113-49) by President Barack Obama Nov. 13, 2013. The law officially changed the name of the facility from the Bay Pines VA Medical Center to the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in honor of the Congressman’s work on behalf of Veterans and their families during his 22 terms as a member of Congress.

Congressman Young passed away on Oct. 18, 2013 at the age of 82 and was laid to rest at the Bay Pines National Cemetery on Oct. 24.

“We look forward to hosting this wonderful event to honor the legacy of a longtime partner and ardent advocate of the men and women we serve across southwest Florida,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, director, Bay Pines VAHCS. “Congressman Young’s impact during his more than 50 years in public office and work on behalf our nation’s heroes will forever be remembered inside and outside the walls of our medical center,” she said.

Guest speakers for the event will include VA leadership officials; Bill Young II, son of Congressman Young and Beverly Young; House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman and U.S. Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Florida Jeff Miller; and House Committee on Veterans Affairs Vice Chairman and U.S. Representative for the 12th Congressional District of Florida Chairman Gus Bilirakis.

Signage will be posted to direct visitors to the venue. Reserved and general parking will be available nearby. A shuttle service will also be available to provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the outdoor ceremony area.

For driving directions, a campus map and more, visit www.baypines.va.gov/locations/directions.asp.
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