Pinning Ceremony Honors Veterans

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, veterans are being honored for their service to our country.

Nearly a dozen veterans were pinned to honor their service, all part of a "We Honor Veterans" program.

"I love serving my country and that's all I'm worried about," says former marine, Charles Dillon.

For him, the memory of serving his country is the most important part of the upcoming holiday, and the same can be said for the nearly dozen other veterans who were honored in a pinning ceremony at the Village at Luther Square.

AseraCare Hospice of Erie honored veterans from the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard and the Marines.

Guests and veterans listened to each branch's song and applauded servicemen and women for their sacrifice.

"I think a lot of people are celebrating with the hot dogs and the fireworks and we really have to bring it back to why we're celebrating Independence Day," says Holli King, bereavement coordinator at AseraCare Hospice.

AseraCare is part of the "We Honor Veterans" program started by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in coordination with the Veterans Affairs Administration.

Veterans received a pin and a certificate thanking them for their service.

They also received "buddy" poppies, a symbol of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

AseraCare officials say that seeing tears from veterans has a profound impact on everyone at the event.

"You know it's a look of appreciation and gratitude from them being recognized and then to hear everyone applaud the veterans at the end is truly, it's heartwarming," says Rev. Shane Thompson, chaplain for AseraCare Hospice.

AseraCare plans to honor veterans with three more pinning ceremonies in November.

The organization also pinned veterans at Independence Court and Golden Living Western Reserve.

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