Lorain County veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces and their families are invited to a special Veterans Recognition Ceremony co-hosted by Lorain County Community College and Hospice of the Western Reserve on Friday, Nov. 9 at at the college’s Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria.
A presentation will be given by local military history expert Dr. George Vourlojianis, a professor of history at LCCC, and 2012 recipient of the college’s “Distinguished Teaching Award.” He is the author of two books on Ohio’s military history: The Cleveland Grays: An Urban Military Company 1837 – 1919, and Citizen Soldiers: The 107th Cavalry Regiment, Ohio National Guard. Dr. Vourlojianis is a past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and past trustee of the Cleveland Grays Armory Military Museum, the Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Lorain County Historical Society.
Registration for the event opens at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 11 a.m. and the special program beginning at 11:45 a.m. The free program is open to all Lorain County veterans and their families, but reservations are required by Nov. 6. Online registration is available at www.hospicewr.org/veteransevent, or by calling 440-366-4148, or 800-995-5222, extension 4148.
Following the presentation, each veteran will be personally thanked and honored for his or her service to the country in a special ceremony.
“We’re proud to play a role in honoring our local Lorain County veterans,” said Beth Schindler, communications specialist, Hospice of the Western Reserve. “Community ceremonies, like this one, are open to all veterans, not just hospice patients.”
During the ceremony, each veteran, with permission, is approached and “pinned,” with a special State of Ohio-shaped military pin, and thanked for his or her contributions to serving the country. Schindler said it’s often a moving and emotional experience. Many veterans have never been publicly thanked or recognized for the sacrifices they made through their service in the Armed Forces.
The veterans recognition ceremonies are part of the Peaceful & Proud program, which trains Hospice of the Western Reserve’s staff to recognize and address healthcare issues experienced by many veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder, remorse, regret, anxiety and substance abuse.
The agency also assists veterans with ethical wills, storytelling and expressive therapies using music and art, veteran-to-veteran-volunteer pairing, spiritual care and counseling, and help in navigating government agencies to access the resources and benefits available for themselves, and their dependents.