Hospice care provider hosts ceremony honoring veterans

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 20:55:04-05

A hospice care provider in Central Texas hosted a Veterans Day celebration on Monday. 

Providence Hospice, part of the We Honor Veterans Program, helps educate staff on how to better serve veterans in hospice. The program also delivers cards, certificates and pins to all veteran patients who are usually paired with a veteran volunteer. 

Korean War Veteran Robert Bray who served in the U.S. Army for three years was grateful for the event.

"When I got out. We got no thanks when I came back from Korea. Nobody wanted the Korean war," Bray said. "It's great to have recognition."

Russell Willsey who served in the Korean War said Veterans Day is also a day to remember those he calls the real heroes.

"It's a day of remembrance for all. Not for us that are alive but for the guys who didn't make it," Willsey said. "It's tough but all we need to do is to keep the tradition going so our young people won't forget."

This is the eighth year Providence Hospice, which is part of the nonprofit health system Ascension, has hosted the event. The group also said in past years it provided water to participants of the Waco Veterans Parade.

This year the event was canceled due to weather.

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