The generation of veterans who won World War II is dying, but they are not forgotten.
At Mount Carmel Hospice, a special program is designed to help brighten their final days.
WWII veteran Cliff Day gets weekly visits from another veteran, Paul Eckles.
Eckles volunteers his time at Mount Carmel Hospice. The program director says it’s a way for dying servicemen to make meaningful connections with fellow servicemen on common ground.
“It’s normalizing to ask those kinds of questions, because that might be the door that opens up to other kinds of conversations,” said Lori Yosick, the executive director of the hospice.
Eckles accompanied Day on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in April to see the WWII memorial.
The men enjoyed the salute from their country for a job well done.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Day said. “The only thing I would have loved to have had is more time.”
Eckles has had special training to help him connect with veterans like Cliff, to brighten the last of a lifetime for those who have given so much.
“My father and father-in-law both served in World War II and are gone now, so for me to get to spend time with people like Cliff and so many more, it’s just been a great experience,” Eckles said. “I get so much more out of it than I ever put in to it.”
Mount Carmel Hospice is part of a national effort, the We Honor Veterans Organization.
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