For Immediate Release

May 24, 2019


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Community Hospice & Palliative Care Honors Over 80 Veterans in Gainesville

Gainesville, Fla. (May 24, 2019) – On May 22 through 23, 2019, Community Hospice & Palliative Care held Veteran Celebrations at Signature Healthcare, Park Meadows Nursing Home, The Windsor of Gainesville and Oak Hammock Nursing Home. 

The mission was to honor the service and sacrifice of the Amy, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and National Guard. Each Veteran was pinned and given a certificate of appreciation. The ceremony was led by Community Hospice volunteer Michael Davis, who is also a Veteran.

“I’m just an ordinary man who’s no different from any other Veteran. We all fought for the same cause.” stated Marine Corporal Duane Dew, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Eisenhower; the only person in the state of Florida to receive that honor.

Community Hospice & Palliative Care is honored to not only serve veterans and their caregivers by providing specialized compassionate care to meet their unique needs now and at the end of life, but to also commemorate their sacrifices in meaningful ways that ensure their legacies live on.

“Thank you for your service…I haven’t heard those words in quite some time and it feels great and makes me very proud and honored to be an American.” expressed WWII Solider, Ernie Holt.

Community Hospice & Palliative Care is a Level Three Partner of We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization that offers education and resources to hospices that serve veterans.

Its goal is to support hospice, VA and related organizations in accompanying America’s veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.

 “It was an honor from all of us at Community Hospice & Palliative to pay special tribute to these brave men and women. In fact, we wish to thank all Veterans.” said Wendy Crews, Community Relations Representative with Community Hospice.


About Community Hospice & Palliative Care

Established in 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care, as well as providing programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. During its 40-year history, Community Hospice & Palliative Care has served nearly 200,000 adults and children in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, and recently expanded its service area to include 11 counties in north-central Florida. Through the support of more than 900 employees and 1,000 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,600 patients per day to live better with advanced illness – at home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its eight inpatient care centers. The organization is committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families and to be the compassionate guide for end-of-life care in our communities. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay. To learn more about the support and services of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, visit