Hospice of Southwest Georgia Honors Veterans
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
For the past three years, Hospice of Southwest Georgia has acknowledged the special and unique needs of veterans at the end of life through being a part of We Honor Veterans—a collaboration between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
On July 17, 2014, Hospice of Southwest Georgia staff gathered with family and friends of late veterans at the Cairo Country Club to honor veteran patients who proudly and selflessly served our country.
Following a speech from Hospice of Southwest Georgia administrator Lisa Phillips, the Ochlocknee American Legion gave the presentation of the colors and the National Anthem was sung by Jerry Brinson of Thomasville. Hospice volunteers and staff that served in the armed forces read the creeds of each of the branches of the military as well as the names of the veteran patients Hospice of Southwest Georgia cared for during the year. Portraits of honored veterans were provided by family members and displayed during the ceremony with the creeds from their branch of service. The service concluded with the playing of taps.
“Hospice of Southwest Georgia’s participation in the We Honor Veterans program has helped better prepare our staff to meet the special needs of veterans and their families at this stage in their life,” said Lisa Phillips, administrator of Hospice of Southwest Georgia. “It was such an honor for our staff to gather with the families and friends of our veterans, as a way to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of these special patients.”