Center for Hospice Care to Dedicate Veterans Memorial

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Center for Hospice Care will dedicate its Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, October 19th at the Center's Mishawaka Campus. The grounds will open at 4 pm for the ceremony, which will include remarks by US Senator Joe Donnelly, and performances by the US Navy Band and the Victory Belles.

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“More than a quarter of the people dying in the United States today are veterans. Nationally, some 1,800 veterans die each day, and our goal is to address their end-of-life needs, to serve them as they have served us.”

Center for Hospice Care (CHC) will dedicate its new Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The grounds will open at 4 pm. The ceremony will be begin at 4:30 p.m. and feature remarks by US Senator Joe Donnelly and Indiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr. The festivities will include musical performances by the US Navy Band and the Victory Belles from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Designed by Landscape Architect Chris Chockley, the memorial is located on the south lawn of CHC's Mishawaka Campus along the northern banks of the St. Joseph River. Items to be dedicated include inscribed bricks and wall plaques honoring those who have served in the US armed forces. The memorial also features a sculpture by Florida-based sculptor W. Stanley Proctor. The life-size bronze statue, titled "Poppies," depicts a WWII veteran resting on a bench in the center of the monument.

This memorial is an outgrowth of CHC's commitment to providing compassionate care to veterans facing serious, life-limiting illness. CHC is part of the “We Honor Veterans” campaign, a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As President/CEO, Mark Murray notes, “more than a quarter of the people dying in the United States today are veterans. Nationally, some 1,800 veterans die each day, and our goal is to address their end-of-life needs, to serve them as they have served us.”

Center for Hospice Care will offer a number of opportunities to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces at the Veterans Memorial. To learn more about memorial items and naming opportunities visit http://www.foundationforhospice.org/news/veterans

Established in 1978, Center for Hospice Care is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization, improving the quality of living through hospice, home health, grief counseling, and community education. With offices in South Bend, Plymouth, Elkhart and Mishawaka, Center for Hospice Care serves Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph and Starke counties in Northern Indiana. Both Center for Hospice and its supporting foundation, Hospice Foundation, are 501(c)(3) organizations.

For more information, please contact Cyndy Searfoss at Searfoss(at)CFHCare(dot)org

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