stand by me one last time
As a Chaplain, I sit with the Veteran in his or her final days, there are several emotions, thoughts and a sense of understanding that emerges. The privilege is part of the We Honor Veterans and Pathways Hospice volunteer service. As part of the Military Appreciation Ceremony, I read a poem ... words which came to me when once hospitalized at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, California. I call it "The Eagle Soars Above"
As Captain of the Santa Clara District 13 American Legion Honor Guard, I have the privilege of rendering the final salute to our fellow Veterans. Over 30 years ago, as an enlisted active duty Airman in the United States Air Force, I was on the Base Honor Guard team at Pease Air Force Base. That was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as part of the 509th Bombardment Wing. Then I had the honor of saying farewell to WWI Veterans, today I say farewell to WWII, Korea and Vietnam fellow Veterans.
As a Service Officer at the American Legion Post 419 in Santa Clara, I have the privilege of assisting many causes that impacts not only the Veteran, but their family and community. Programs such as the Washington DC Honor Flight, Veterans Parades, Posting of Colors and placing flags and wreaths at Veterans gravesites are just a few of the service opportunities.
All Gave Some, Some Gave All