We Honor Veterans
Employees and volunteers now have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the unique needs of our veteran patients. As a Level IV partner in the pioneering We Honor Veterans program sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Hospice of Marion County has deepened its commitment to increase veterans’ access to compassionate high quality care through veteran-specific programs and outreach activities. Level IV is the highest designation from NHPCO.
Learn more about the national program at www.wehonorveterans.org.
Veterans Recognition Ceremonies
In an effort to reach out to the brave men and women who have given so much for our country, Hospice of Marion County launched a Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony in 2009. Hospice volunteers conduct the brief ceremony program which includes the Pledge of Allegiance, a Veteran’s blessing and official flag pinning with the Hospice–Veterans Partnership pin. The ceremonies provide touching moments and lasting memories for our patients and families. One of the first pinnings honored John Fiore, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, shown here with his wife, Yolanda. Since 2009, volunteers have performed 450 Veterans’ Pinning Ceremonies at patients’ homes, nursing homes and for our own employees and volunteers.
To meet the demand of this increasingly popular effort, we need more qualified participants. Volunteers conducting the ceremonies must be a veteran of the armed forces.
Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony
- Recognition of Honorably Discharged veteran.
- Placing of the flag: stand is placed, the U.S. flag, the State of Florida flag, and the veteran’s branch of service flag.
- The ceremony begins with “The Star Spangled Banner”, followed by “The Pledge of Allegience”. and a prayer for all veterans and their familes.
- The ceremony concludes with the Pinning of the Veteran and a presentation of the Certificate on Behalf of a Grateful Nation to Our Honored Veteran.
- Singing of “God Bless America.”
Annual Federal and Military Observances
May: National Military Appreciation Month
Third Saturday is Armed Forces Day
Last Monday is Memorial Day
June 14 – Flag Day
November: Military Family Appreciation Month
November 11 – Veteran’s Day
Recent Veterans Pinnings
Henri “Pete” de Sibour, retired U. S. Air Force, received a pinning ceremony at Hospice of Marion County’s Brandley House. Pete’s family, along with 32 neighbors and friends from The Village of Woodbury (The Villages, FL), were on hand to celebrate his military service and share cake and punch.
Larry Harvey, retired U.S. Navy, received a pinning ceremony at his home. Surrounded by members of his family, he stood to salute the flag. His wife and daughters decorated the room with memorabilia from his Navy days.