In August of 2020, America commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Heartland Hospice serving Southeastern Wisconsin joined in the spirit of honoring these ordinary heroes of the “greatest generation” for their sacrifice, service and national unity. Recently, WWII veteran and hospice patient, David Masters, was presented with a special recognition in appreciation for his military service.
David served in the Army during WWII from August 19, 1943 – April 21, 1946 as a “T4” Sergeant Technician. David is humble when he recalls his duties during the war, stating, “I was proud of the guys I served with. I didn’t do much… I stayed in the captain’s jeep to run the radio.” However, his military honors tell a different story, which include the American Theater Campaign ribbon, the European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
David is the only WWII veteran remaining at the senior care facility where he resides. Therefore, the employees were committed to going the extra mile when partnering with Heartland Hospice to present him with a Quilt of Honor. David was fortunate enough to participate in the Honor Flight a few years ago and the personalized posters from his homecoming, filled with loving messages of appreciation from family and caregivers, served as the backdrop for the quilt presentation.
David was touched and became tearful upon receiving his quilt from the Heartland Hospice team. He was also eager to open the “mail call” envelope that was filled with cards and letters of thanks from local school students.
It was a privilege for Heartland Hospice to honor and recognize a true American hero with a Quilt of Honor, which serves as a symbol of thanks and gratitude for our veterans’ service to our nation.