SALEM - Twenty resident veterans were honored Monday by Essex I, the Veterans Administration and Hospice of the Valley during ceremonies that included the AMVETS Post 45 Honor Guard.
Melia Roth, RN, BSN and clinical educator representing the Hospice of the Valley presented each - including one woman veteran with plaques stating -"We pay special tribute to you for your military service to America and for advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all."
The veterans were also presented American flag pins. The event was hosted at Essex I.
Essex I in Salem honored its resident veterans on Monday with a recognition ceremony co-sponsored with the Veterans Administration and Hospice of the Valley. In this photo, Navy veteran Richard Lunde is presented with an American Flag pin by Melia Roth, RN, BSN and clinical educator, representing Hospice of the Valley. U.S. Air Force Reservist Sr. Airman Taylor Kastenhuber assists. Twenty veterans, mostly U.S. Army veterans, one woman and one U.S. Army Air Corps member were honored. The Salem AMVETS Post 45 Honor Guard also attended the ceremony. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
George Welker takes in Veterans Day ceremonies at Essex I in Salem in which he was one of 20 honorees on Monday. The event was held by Essex I, the VA and Hospice of the Valley. A wounded U.S. Army veteran, Welker, 89, was awarded the Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman Badge with a star representing a second awarding of the medal. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
Giving a flag to each veteran, Roth said, "When you see this pin let it remind you that your service is appreciated."
Three candles were also lit, red for courage, blues for faith and white for "those who have passed."
Veteran Charlie Holtzmuller was honored but his plaque was being made, Roth said. Two current service U.S. Air Force reservists, Sr. Airman Shaylyn Pittman and Senior Airman Taylor Kastenhuber, both of Salem and members of the 911th Airlift Wing, an air mobility command in Moon Township, assisted with the ceremony.
The ceremony is part of the VA's "We Honor Veterans" program that is aimed at empowering hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying veterans.
For more information visit: www.WeHonorVeterans.org.