Every day, Heartland has the distinct honor of providing hundreds of U.S. military veterans with hospice care. We take pride in recognizing our veteran patients with certificates, pinning ceremonies and other special ways to show our appreciation for their service on behalf of all Americans.
Heartland Hospice serving Central Maryland/Baltimore Metro Area held several Veteran Recognition Ceremonies to recognize and thank veteran patients for their service. The Heartland team had the honor to present patients with commemorative medals of gratitude and certificates of appreciation for their service in the U.S. military.
Wallace Clinton Gray, Sr.
The Heartland team visited with Wallace Clinton Gray, Sr. and his family at his home. Wallace served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He relayed that his experience in the U.S. Navy was positive and enjoyable. One of Wallace’s sons stated, “Dad always inspires me to be a better man and to work hard in my life.” Four generations of his family were represented at the Veteran Recognition Ceremony to acknowledge Wallace’s service during WWII.
Earl E. Bell
Another Veteran Recognition Ceremony was held at Marley Neck Health and Rehabilitation Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland for Earl E. Bell. Earl’s nephew and caregiver, Gerry, who also served our country during the Vietnam War, was present for the Recognition Ceremony of his uncle. Earl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, or now referred to as the Korean “Conflict”. Earl revealed that he had never received full acknowledgment for his commitment to the U.S. Military because the events of the Korean Conflict were not considered to be a war and therefore he was not regarded as an Army Veteran. He welled up with tears while sharing his experiences during his years of service in the early 1950’s. Upon learning that the Korean War is referred to as the Korean Conflict, it created a poignant moment during Heartland’s recognition ceremony to honor Earl.
The Heartland team visited with Cecil Baker who was surrounded by his daughter, family members and friends from his years of living in the Baltimore area for his Veteran Recognition Ceremony. He recalled his time in the U.S. Navy during the years 1943-1945 with everyone present. Cecil mentioned that during the war he met the most important person, his wife! He also shared a few stories of his service-related jobs to assist the war effort from his post in Rhode Island. Kate Milko Coulter, a retired U.S. Air Force Veteran and Heartland Hospice Volunteer, proudly presented Cecil with his Heartland certificate of appreciation.