Veterans Day 2023
In a heartfelt display of gratitude and respect, Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care in Denver organized a very special event on Friday, November 10th, 2023 at the Golden Pond Retirement Community in Golden, Colorado.
This event, held in honor of Veterans Day, aimed to honor the service and sacrifice of the 21 veterans residing at the facility. Through heartfelt gestures and a memorable celebration, the attendees experienced a sense of appreciation and joy that is at the heart of hospice care.
Recognizing Veterans’ Service
The highlight of the event was the presentation of framed Certificates of Recognition, lovingly handcrafted by Mary Ozanic, the Volunteer Coordinator. Each veteran was celebrated individually, acknowledging their unique contributions and courageous acts in service to our country.
These certificates served as powerful tokens of appreciation, reminders of the profound impact made by these brave individuals. With profound gratitude, Richard, one of our cherished patients, held his framed certificate close to his heart, capturing the sentiments shared by so many of us. In awe, he expressed, “Wow, I can’t believe it. This was so unexpected, and it seemed so heartfelt and real.”
To make the event even more extraordinary, Christopher Frazier, a talented Highland Bagpiper, graced the gathering with his poignant melodies. The soul-stirring tunes of “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful” echoed through the halls, creating an atmosphere of solemnity and reverence. It is through the power of music that emotions run deep, transcending barriers and bringing people together.
Accompanying the heartfelt tributes, a full sheet cake adorned with the emblematic American flag and the symbols of all five branches of military service created a centerpiece of symbolism and unity. It served as a delicious reminder of the camaraderie and pride that each veteran carries within them as they represent the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard.
Embracing the Spirit of Compassion
Events like these exemplify the essence of hospice care – acknowledging and honoring the rich lives and experiences of those entrusted to our care. At Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care, we embrace the spirit of compassion, recognizing that everyone’s story is unique and needs to be celebrated. Through our care, we strive to bring comfort, solace, and joy into the lives of our patients and their families, fostering a sense of community and togetherness.
Thank You Veterans
This event was a heartfelt tribute to the veterans who have served our nation selflessly. The framed Certificates of Recognition, the soul-stirring bagpipe melodies, and the symbolic cake all conveyed a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by these brave individuals.
As we take a moment to honor and celebrate their courage, let us also remember that hospice care is not just about medical support but also about embracing the human spirit and creating meaningful connections. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve and uplift the lives of our veterans and their families.
Gratitude fills our hearts as we pause to recognize the compassionate and hardworking employees at Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care. This successful and heartfelt event would not have been possible without the exceptional contributions of Susan Guest, Brian Swart, and Dave Curnow. Susan’s keen eye for detail and warm hospitality set the perfect tone for the occasion, while Brian’s heartfelt message during the Invocation provided comfort and solace to all who attended. Dave’s tireless efforts to ensure that our honored veterans and guests were welcomed and seated with care were truly instrumental. We extend our sincerest appreciation to our remarkable team members, who embody the spirit of compassionate care that defines our work at Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care.