The hearts of staff members at Our Lady of Peace Hospice are instinctively wired to remember the patients we have served. We remember them in monthly memorial services, during our annual Butterfly Release and Celebration, and within our Celebration of Life Event. And, we continue to honor their memory by providing grief support to their families for months beyond their passing.
Veterans Day is a good day to focus our attention on honoring the veterans who spent their final days with us; American patriots who had a love of country and served our nation in times of war and peace.
Why November 11th?
According to the US Department of Defense, the fighting of World War 1 officially ended on November 11, 1918. In 1926, Congress officially recognized this day as the end of the war, and in 1938, it became an official holiday, primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I. But then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration yet again by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.
To our veterans whose sacrifice did not go unnoticed, and who blessed us with their presence, we salute you.