DETROIT- Soldiers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, presented certificates and pins to veterans last Thursday, during a Memorial Day Celebration and Veterans Pinning Ceremony at Waltonwood at University, Senior Living Center.
Partnering with Kindred Hospice for the ceremony, the soldiers were able to be present and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as over 25 veterans, who reside at the senior living center.
"I have attended several veterans pinning ceremonies and this was the first with uniformed men and women actually performing the pinning," said Angela Lambert-Busch, Event Coordinator and Kindred Hospice Specialist. "While every ceremony has been touching and meaningful, this ceremony was definitely special; the recipients’ faces seemed to light up and they felt more of a sense of recognition being honored by fellow service men and women."
After the ceremony, veterans took turns proudly proclaiming their branch of service and job titles, which sparked exchanging of stories and even some friendly military-service-rivalry jokes between the branches.
For the veterans that were not able to physically attend the ceremony, soldiers stayed after the event and went room to room presenting certificates and pins with great appreciation.
"For the residents on hospice this may be the last ceremony recognizing them for their service and sacrifice and having a uniformed officer showing them gratitude by performing the pinning means a great deal to these service men and women who have sacrificed so much," Lambert-Busch said.
In collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Kindred Hospice has joined the "We Honor Veterans" campaign that helps improve the care veterans receive from hospice to palliative care providers. According to Kindred, the organization has made honoring veterans its mission by striving to understand, learn and educate others about the unique dynamics that veterans have faced and continue to face with time. It is their mission to thank our veterans 365 days out of the year by offering ceremonies that celebrate, remember and allow all to reflect on our country and those who have fought to make it great to include those we have lost lives and the veterans still living.
For more information, please visit wehonorveterans.org.