AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CELEBRATE ARMED FORCES DAY WITH HOSPICE
by Anna Robbins
Thu, May 24th 2012 02:00 pm
Wheatfield Post #1451 American Legion Riders pictured from left to right are (front row) Murray Young, Dennis Mills, William MacIver and (back row) Sam Reeder, Gary Coons, Alan Guzak and William Love.
Hospice's Sunset Drive campus was beautifully decorated in red, white and blue
on Saturday, May 19 as staff, volunteers and patients welcomed
motorcyclists from the Wheatfield Post #1451 American Legion Riders who rode in for an Armed Forces Day commemoration.
Everyone had their fill of refreshments and for many, their first grilled hot
dog of the season while enjoying beautiful weather and conversation with the
Riders. The Color Guard from the American Legion Riders later performed the
flag-raising ceremony at the Niagara Hospice Service Memorial Wall in the
gardens, providing a wonderful and fitting tribute to those who serve and have
Hospice event coordinator, Mandy Raff gratefully accepted a donation of over $1,100
that the American Legion Riders raised throughout the day through
registrations, 50/50 raffles and other activities. "We are so thankful for the support
of the American Legion Riders and for the privilege to celebrate our country
and our heroes with them," said Raff.
Hospice celebrates Armed Forces Day as part of its We Honor Veterans initiative. In
partnership with the Veteran's Administration to ensure quality end-of-life
care is available to all Niagara County veterans, goals include educating
veterans and the community about the hospice benefit; customizing hospice care
plans specific to the special needs of veterans; and recruiting community
veterans to serve as hospice volunteers who are paired with Niagara Hospice
patients who are also veterans.
Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life
comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 20,000 Niagara County individuals
and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care
due to inability to pay. For more information, visit NiagaraHospice.org or call
Hospice at 716-439-4417.