Veterans honoring veterans at Lower Cape Fear Hospice

“The first one was actually very difficult,” Nick Micale, REVA President said. “We felt it was a privilege for us to do it, but very emotional for all of us.”

In March of 2018, a group of veterans with the Rivers Edge Veterans Association (REVA) were training to become volunteers with Lower Cape Fear Hospice when they were asked if they would like to start conducting veteran pinning ceremonies at the LCFH facilities.

“The first one was actually very difficult,” Nick Micale, REVA President said. “We felt it was a privilege for us to do it, but very emotional for all of us.”

Micale says since 2018, he estimates they have done at least 50 veteran pinnings for LCFH patients.

During a pinning ceremony, the veterans read a proclamation to the hospice patient. Micale says it’s a way to pay homage to the veteran and to thank them.

“A lot of them came back from the military service and went back to their lives and raised families,” Micale said. “We’re given the opportunity to say thank you for what you’ve done and we appreciate it, as veterans, we appreciate what they have done and what they do.”

There are 5 veterans from REVA that conduct the pinnings. In total, they represent four branches of the military. There are two marines, one sailor, one airmen and one army soldier.

“We all bring a little different aspect,” Micale said. “We all have our different emotions that we feel probably coming from the different services.”

Micale says the pinning ceremonies are extremely emotional and they never get any easier.

“We say if it starts getting easier, then we’re not doing it properly.”

To support or become involved with the vet-to-vet program, contact Lower Cape Fear Hospice or visit LCFH.org.


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