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Sherwood focuses on ‘We Honor Veterans’ in Memorial Day remarks

By Staff | Jun 3, 2016

The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry District Veterans welcomed John Sherwood as the keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony.

The parade, which runs from the post office to the middle school in Bolivar, though small, brings out a large supportive crowd.

Sherwood, a member of the Veteran’s group, is also a volunteer with Hospice of the Panhandle where he focuses on veteran recognition, patient care and 11th hour volunteerism.

Sherwood served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1966-70 in Germany, Vietnam and Texas.

When speaking to the crowd Monday, Sherwood elaborated on his volunteerism with Hospice.

“For the last five years I?have had the opportunity to volunteer with Hospice of the Panhandle,” he said.

“A?key focus of Hospice is to identify and provide loving care and assistance for thosw who have served our country,” Sherwood continued.

‘We Honor Veterans’ is a collaborative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and local hospices.

“The focus is on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement of those who have served our country and can benefit from hospice services,” Sherwood said.

He shared that when a veteran is admitted to the hospice program, they are presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service.

Sherwood shared several stories of his interaction with veterans during his volunteer duties.

“I have heard many memories shared by veterans including a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a combat photographer who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam; a World War II WAVE who served as a parachute rigger; and a World War II nurse who cared for wounded soldiers.”