WWII Vet, William Fleming Jr. Honored by Passages Hospice

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A veteran is honored for his time spent as a soldier.

Aurora VFW Recognized, for the Bronze Metal and other awards, Mr. William Fleming Jr. received during his life as a sergeant.    

Passages Hospice and Aurora VFW Post 468 held a ceremony for Sgt. William J. Fleming Jr. at Countryside Care Center. He was honored for his military service during World War II and awarded for his duty as an investigator.

What is a veteran? A veteran is a serviceman who has completed gracious active services; a person who has served in the armed forces; an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service. This is who William Fleming Jr. was. He was an angel trying to save the rest of us. He was a fighter and a soldier. William was a hero to all of us, as all veterans are.
Yahweh Sabbath, you rule nations. Thank you for the brave men and women who serve and have served in the military.

Even now, guard them and give them compassion for those who confront them as enemies.

Keep our children from hate that hardens, or from scorekeeping with human lives.

Though for a season they and we must be people of war, let us all live for peace, as eager for agreement as for victory.

Encourage them as they encourage one another, and never let hard duty, in or out of the service, separate them from loyalty to your Son, our Savior. Amen.

William Fleming Jr. was a very unique man. He never mentioned his medals to his family or friends including his son, William Fleming III. "Patient is too modest and son just found out that father has all these medals."

Fleming's citations include two Overseas Service Bars, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Battle Star, Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. "Son wanted his father recognized before he passed on."    

The criteria for this ceremony is of utmost importance because it, assumingly, grants William Fleming III closure to his father's death. Moreover, it is a touching and heartfelt experience for the entire family. To remember their loved one as a hero is something many cannot experience.    

Passages Hospice, with the help of others, has donated a flag to Mr. Fleming Jr. and other veterans that stayed at Countryside Care Center. They will be honored and remembered for a lifetime. This flag will represent strength, love, an honest fight and a way back home. All f the veterans who have passed are on their way back home and this flag is the guiding light for them. The family of William J, Fleming Jr. will always have his honor to hold on to and his spirit in this kind flag donation.

All of Passages information, along with patient care and family care is on the website.

The Passages web site also provides detailed information about the programs instilled into the company and bereavement options for the families.

Passages Hospice has locations in Elgin, Bloomington and other counties all over Illinois. The company's whole purpose is to give these patients care and comfort as they start a new life in the sky.

Valerie Salvato 847/975 9981


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