A bittersweet ceremony marks preparations for the closing of Washington, D.C.’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The military’s flagship hospital, which has treated hundreds of thousands of the nation’s war wounded since 1909, will close its doors for the final time in September.
July 27, 2011Army Spc. Serina Adkins, left, and Spc. Sascha Jung adjust a flag in preparation for a flag casing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on July, 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The hospital has treated soldiers, and even former presidents, since 1909.Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post