Special Pinning Ceremonies
Veteran pinning ceremonies are a way to honor veterans and thank them for their service. Over the years, Gilchrist has pinned hundreds of veterans and coordinated ceremonies not just for veterans at Gilchrist, but for the community at large. Below you will find just a few of our many touching tributes to veterans.
Past Pinning Ceremonies
Memorial Day – May 25, 2015
Gilchrist and other hospices throughout the country collaborate with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and local VA offices. As a result, hospice providers are better equipped to understand the complex end-of-life care needs of veterans.
Veterans Day – November 11, 2014
On Veterans Day, more than 35 Gilchrist staff and volunteers fanned out across the region to conduct pinning ceremonies at facilities operated by our partner Lorien Health Systems.
From Mt. Airy to Havre de Grace, Elkridge, Columbia and Towson, nearly 300 veterans were honored and their sacrifices acknowledged. Members of Gilchrist’s staff and Gilchrist volunteers offered pins of gratitude and remembrance to all resident veterans, and not just those who are part of our hospice program.
Independence Day – July 4, 2013
In 2013, we coordinated with Oak Crest Retirement Village to have two ceremonies – one on July 4th and one on Veterans Day – in which we pinned 195 veterans.
More Information About Pinning Ceremonies
Gilchrist offers smaller-scale pinning ceremonies to patients and their families on a regular basis. Our veteran volunteers will travel to the patient’s place of residence and conduct the ceremony to honor and recognize the veteran’s service and sacrifice. To view them, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.
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