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Veterans Pinning Ceremonies

We Honor Veterans

Veteran's Pinning CeremoniesIn an effort to reach out to the brave men and women who have given so much for our country, Hospice of Marion County launched a Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony in 2009. Hospice volunteers conduct the brief ceremony which includes the Pledge of Allegiance, a Veteran’s blessing and official flag pinning with the Hospice–Veterans Partnership pin. The ceremonies provide touching moments and lasting memories for our patients and families. One of the first pinnings honored John Fiore, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, shown here with his wife, Yolanda. Since 2009, volunteers have performed 450 Veterans’ Pinning Ceremonies at patients’ homes, nursing homes and for our own employees and volunteers.

To meet the demand of this increasingly popular effort, we need more qualified participants. Volunteers conducting the ceremonies must be a veteran of the armed forces.


Order of a Veterans Pinning Ceremony

  1. In cooperation with the Hospice-Veterans Partnership of Florida.
  2. Recognition of Honorably Discharged veteran.
  3. Placing of the flag: stand is placed, the U.S. flag, the State of Florida flag, and the veteran's branch of service flag.
  4. The ceremony begins with "The Star Spangled Banner", followed by "The Pledge of Allegience". and a prayer for all veterans and their familes. The ceremony concludes with the Pinning of the Veteran and a presentation of the Certificate on Behalf of a Grateful Nation to Our Honored Veteran.
  5. Singing of “God Bless America.”


Recent Veterans Pinnings

Pete with daughter Diane Granzella and 
HMC Volunteer Bob Levenson

Pete with daughter Diane Granzella and
HMC Volunteer Bob Levenson, retired Marine.



Henri “Pete” de Sibour, retired U. S. Air Force, recently received a pinning ceremony at Hospice of Marion County’s Brandley House. Pete’s family, along with 32 neighbors and friends from The Village of Woodbury (The Villages, FL), were on hand to celebrate his military service and share cake and punch.



Larry and Kathy Harvey

Larry with wife Kathy.



Larry Harvey, retired U.S. Navy, received a pinning ceremony at his home. Surrounded by members of his family, he stood to salute the flag. His wife and daughters decorated the room with memorabilia from his Navy days.