A dedication ceremony was held on July 4 for a new flag pole and veterans’ circle at the SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin in Yadkinville. The flag pole, monument and benches that make up the veterans’ circle located in front of the building were made possibly by the family of veteran Clyde Wall.
Wall and his family were present for the dedication ceremony and he and his wife placed a wreath on the monument at the ceremony closing.
Director of Patient Services Marty Driver said the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice and the Yadkin Hospice Home are extremely proud of the monument and flag pole. The six-bed hospice facility in Yadkinville opened in August of last year.
“The flag pole, monument and benches are placed here at our new hospice home to honor veterans,” Driver said. “We thank you for your sacrifices through the many years.”
Driver noted that one of the five patients in the home the day of the ceremony was veteran Billy Reece. Though not able to come outside, he was able to watch the ceremony from the window.
“We at Mountain Valley Hospice know that those sacrifices didn’t stop when your enlisted time came to an end,” Driver said. “Your sacrifices affect you and your family for the rest of your life and that’s why we are honored to provide a special program at Mountain Valley Hospice entitled, ‘We Honor Veterans.’
“Our staff have become skilled in understanding the unique needs of veterans and we are prepared to meet the specific challenges that veterans and their families may face at the end of life. We at Mountain Valley Hospice have embraced our mission to serve America’s veterans. It’s our way of saying thank you for the sacrifices you have made in serving us.”
Veteran Pete Knight, dressed as Uncle Sam, spoke briefly at the ceremony. He welcomed members of the Yadkin Valley Veterans Council who took part in the event. He also welcomed other veterans in the area to become involved with the veterans council.
An invocation was given by the Rev. Jimmy Lancaster of Maplewood Baptist Church, and Chaplain Buddy Rhodes sang the national anthem. The American flag was reverently raised on the new flag pole. Melvin Speas read the poem, “I Am The Flag.”
David Shore, commander of American Legion Post 336, shared his favorite memories of Wall, whom he called one of his best friends. Shore noted that Wall was one of the few remaining WWII veterans in Post 336, having served in Italy as part of the 10th Mountain Division.
Shore said that Wall and other members of what is known as the Greatest Generation “set the standard for us to follow in their footsteps.”
After Clyde and wife Libby Wall placed the wreath on the monument, the flag was lowered to half staff in honor of veterans who have died. A 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” concluded the ceremony.
The SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin is located at 243 N. Lee Ave. in Yadkinville.
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