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Rita Hagen

Let’s take the time to honor our veterans.

I know, it’s not Veterans Day, Memorial Day, D-Day anniversary or any other event that makes us reflect on our veterans and the sacrifices they made for us.

Today is just an ordinary day and the perfect time to say thank you to a veteran and let them know how grateful you are for their sacrifices.

Don’t know how to thank a veterinarian? Or you don’t know a veterinarian? Stop by Festival Foods North on Wednesday mornings or South on Friday mornings (when there are no COVID restrictions) or stop by the VFW or American Legion, Veterans Home in Union Grove or at the Veterans’ Village in Racine County.

I don’t know what to say, ask about their service. What did they do? How long have they served? are good beginners.

Other ways? Fly your flag! With so much controversy surrounding our flag, fly it proudly, but do it right and check out the website to find out how.

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Write a card or note and send it to the nearest military installation or one of the places I mentioned above.

Know the difference between Veterans Day (a time to thank those who serve or have served) and Memorial Day (to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to our country).

Volunteering is a great way to give back to our veterans. Visit the VA hospitals (one in North Chicago or Milwaukee) or the Veterans Home in Union Grove. Volunteer at a veteran-sponsored event or at the Veterans Village in Racine. Donate your time, talent or treasure.

At Hospice Alliance, every day is Veterans Day, and we are proud to recognize veterans and their spouses with a pinning ceremony, certificate, and red/white/blue blanket.

We are a Level 5 participant in the We Honor Veterans (WHV) program, the highest level you can achieve. Training for this program helps our staff recognize and support veterans and their families with the unique needs faced by end-of-life veterans.

HA is dedicated to providing veteran-centered care to the patients we serve because, as Ronald Reagan said, “We remember those who were called to give all one person can give, and we remember those who were willing to make this sacrifice if it was required of them in the performance of their duties, although it never was. Above all, we remember the dedication and bravery with which all ennobled their nation by becoming champions of a noble cause.

Rita Hagen is Executive Director of Hospice Alliance.

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