Veteran Pinning Ceremony: Honoring Dennis Ross

EveryStep Hospice patient and Air Force veteran Dennis Ross, 71, was recently honored during a special Veteran Pinning Ceremony in July. 

The ceremony served as a way to recognize Ross for his service to our country. Ross, a Vietnam veteran, served as an aircraft mechanic from 1966 to 1970. 

Ross was joined at the ceremony by his sister Beverly and his niece Christy. During the presentation, he received a certificate, flag pin, and small flag from his Mount Pleasant EveryStep Hospice care team and the organization’s volunteers. Ross also received a patriot quilt that was donated by a group of local quilters. 

Veteran Pinning ceremonies provide honor, dignity and recognition to veterans at the end of their lives. Family members and friends are often on hand with EveryStep staff and volunteers during the celebratory events.  The ceremonies include the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer of thanks, the awarding of a veteran service flag pin, the singing of “God Bless America,” a reading of "What is a Veteran," and the presentation of a certificate of recognition.

Dennis Ross was joined by his Mount Pleasant EveryStep Hospice team and volunteers during the Veteran Pinning Ceremony. 

Are you interested in making a difference for EveryStep's veteran patients? Consider becoming a Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer.

Our Veteran-to-Veteran Program is a special service pairing Veterans who are volunteers with hospice patients who have served our country. A specialized Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer can provide companionship while talking, reading and sitting with patients. There are some issues veterans only feel comfortable sharing with other veterans. Veterans bring a unique skill set to help patients come to terms with past events, finding peace at end of life.

Those interested in learning more about volunteering with EveryStep Hospice are encouraged to complete our volunteer interest form, and we’ll connect you with an EveryStep program that could use your time and talents!