REED CITY — Area residents and Spectrum employees gathered at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Monday, to give thanks to those who have served, or are currently serving, their country, during the hospital's Veterans Day ceremony.

"You should always be bigger than just yourself, and being a part of a team really ensures that," Sgt. Michaela Reed, of the U.S. Michigan National Guard, said.

Reed, who also is a nurse technician at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, shared what being in the National Guard meant to her, and how lessons learned in the service have carried over into her life as a nurse technician.

"My service with the National Guard has just been about being a member of a team as well as being here at the hospital," she said.

During the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, as well as the Crossroads Harmony Sweet Adelines Chorus sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America."

"We've been in this town since about 2004," choral director Jim Whitten said. "This is an extra special part of our year. We really enjoy to be of service to this community."

The ceremony ended with guests being invited into the hospital for light refreshments and conversation.