Center for Hospice Care (CHC) dedicated its new Veterans Memorial with a ceremony on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The ceremony was highlighted by the arrival of special guest Major General Courtney P. Carr from the Indiana Adjutant General's office via Blackhawk helicopter. The memorial is located at the rear of CHC's Mishawaka Campus, on the northern banks of the St. Joseph River.
The Veterans Memorial was opened for public viewing at 4:00pm. Soon after, the sound of a helicopter signalled the arrival of Major General Carr, with the Blackhawk landing on the eastern part of the CHC property. Attendees, numbering over 200, heard remarks from Major General Carr as well as US Senator Joe Donnelly on the importance of both hospice care, and memorials such as this.
The memorial is an outgrowth of CHC's commitment to providing compassionate care to veterans facing serious, life-limiting illness. CHC is part of the “We Honor Veterans” campaign, a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. As President/CEO, Mark Murray notes, “more than a quarter of the people dying in the United States today are veterans. Nationally, some 1,800 veterans die each day, and our goal is to address their end-of-life needs, to serve them as they have served us.”
To recognize veterans who served in the five branches of the US military, Center for Hospice Care offers a number of opportunities to honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces at the Veterans Memorial.
Bronze “Poppies” Statue: $75,000
This life-size bronze statue depicting an aging American soldier sits vigilant at the center of the Veterans Memorial, holding an American Flag and a poppy. The poppy is a symbol of soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. Your loved one’s name will be inscribed on a metal plaque on the granite bench on which he rests.
Outdoor benches: $10,000
Inscribed on each of these hewn stone benches are the mottos of each branch of the US Armed Forces: “Aim High… Fly-Fight-Win” (Air Force), “This We’ll Defend” (Army), “Always Ready” (Coast Guard), “Semper Fi” (Marines), “Non sibi sed patriae” (Navy). Your loved one’s name will be inscribed on a metal plaque affixed to the bench.
Flagpoles: $7,500 - $10,000
Seven flagpoles will fly the following flags: United States, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy and the State of Indiana. The US flagpole is available to honor the memory of a loved one for $10,000; each of the others is $7,500.
Entry arbors: $5,000
Three arbors mark the entrances to the Veterans Memorial. These graceful structures will make a lasting memorial for a loved one whose name will be inscribed on a metal plaque affixed to the arbor.
Shade trees: $1,000
Throughout the grassy areas of the Veterans Memorial are a number of young trees that can be designated as a tribute or memorial to a loved one. A stake plaque near the tree’s base will pay tribute to your loved one.
Evergreen trees: $750
A number of evergreen trees have been planted throughout the campus. Their peaceful presence is a fitting tribute to a loved one. A staked plaque will recognize those memorialized.
Memorial wall plaque: $500
These engraved plaques will offer four lines of inscription that can be customized to commemorate a loved one who served in the United States Armed Forces: line 1 – his/her name; line 2 – rank; line 3 – branch of service; line 4 – years of service and/or conflict/war.
Personalized 4 x 8 bricks: $250
Each brick in the memorial area can be customized with three lines: line 1 – his/her name; line 2 – rank and branch of service; line 3 – years of service or conflict/war. Lines are limited to 20 characters each, which includes spaces and punctuation. The laser-engraved bricks come with a lifetime warranty.
For more information, please contact Cyndy Searfoss at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 574.277.4203.