Honoring Veterans is an important element of Community Hospice. It is a privilege to honor veterans by having veteran visibility in our facility, and provide a pinning service for each veteran who comes into our care. As an extension of these efforts, it has always been a goal of the organization to create a public Veterans Memorial as an outdoor feature of the Truman House in New Philadelphia, to honor all Veterans and loved ones.
Community Hospice is excited to share that construction of our Veterans Memorial is now complete. This memorial will be open to the public, and includes a 25 ft. flag pole in a raised ornamental area, monoliths honoring each branch of the service, a monolith honoring POWs and MIAs, and a monolith honoring service families. Embedded seating will offer the opportunity to sit and reflect on an honored loved one and the many who have given their lives in service to their country. Eternal flames are embossed on the exterior of several monoliths, along with emblematic representations and the core values of each branch of service. Lighting has been added at the base of each monolith and the base of the flagpole as an added evening viewing feature. Designed by local landscape architect and owner of Pace Landscaping, Mike Pace, the building of the memorial began in June. The construction and landscaping work were done by Pace Landscaping, and the beautiful monoliths were created by Stevenson Memorials.
This meaningful Veterans Memorial has been made possible due to the hard work and dedication of a volunteer veterans committee, the generosity of many local veterans groups and overwhelming generosity from the communities we serve.
A dedication ceremony for the memorial will take place on Sunday, October 14, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, on the grounds behind the Truman House at 716 Commercial Avenue SW in New Philadelphia. The public is invited to attend. For information, please contact Sheila Hurley, Major Gifts Officer at 330-343-7605.
Pictured: Community Hospice Veterans Memorial Committee (from left to right) Rusty McDevitt, Mark McKenzie, Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman, John Croft, Terry LeMonte, Jan Miller, Jim Scalf, Pat Antonelli, Pixie Furbee, Mike Pace, Mike Griesen