“Night Out with the Veterans” to be held on April 4
By Evelyn Long -
Hospice of Morrow County is hosting a “Night Out with the Veterans” on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6 pm. The program will be held at the Hospice facility, 228 South St, Mt. Gilead.
Invited are veterans and their families. Veterans will be recognized during a ceremony when they will be presented with pins and certificates. There will be Veteran speakers and light refreshments will be served.
Dave Matos, chaplain with Hospice of Morrow County, said “Morrow County is privileged to have many veterans that are citizens of our community. We have had the privilege of honoring many, but there are still many veterans that have not been thanked for their service. We would like to recognize them. We will give them a military certificate, a Veteran’s pin and ceremony of appreciation.”
Matos commented “Veterans often take great pride in their service, seeing it as a period of time when they did something meaningful to make a difference in the world despite the fact that they may well have been imprisoned, tortured, wounded exposed to atrocities, or had other traumatic experiences. Many veterans worked in supportive roles building ammunition and equipment, providing medical care, providing transportation, fixing equipment, managing bases, providing support to military families and caring for the wounded. All the Veteran roles are important.
One Veteran, 88 years of age, told us he was never thanked for his service until we honored him last Spring. We would like to honor Veterans while they are alive and before they have a funeral or memorial service. Please invite your Veteran family members, friends and neighbors. If there is a Veteran who is homebound, let us know and we will honor them at their home.”
Matos added that those attending will see the new flag pole and American flag that was donated by a veteran who had been a Hospice patient.
He advised those attending they may RSVP so the Veterans certificate can be prepared ahead of time. “It will be helpful but not necessary,” said Matos.
Veterans recognized by Hospice of Morrow County are in partnership with the “We Honor Veterans Program.”
Hospice of Morrow County can be contacted at 419–946-9822.