Wall of Honor
June 27, 2016
Wythe Hospice of Southwest Virginia dedicated The Veterans Wall of Honor at their office on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The Veterans Wall of Honor was specially designed to be a place of recognition and remembrance of Veteran’s served by Wythe Hospice of Southwest Virginia in Wythe, Smyth and Bland Counties.
The wall is comprised of a framed American Flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol building and donated by Senator Mark Warner’s office. On each side of the flag are handcrafted wooden seals from each branch of the U.S. Military. Underneath the seals are plaques engraved with the name of each veteran that served in that particular branch of service. Underneath the flag is a quote from Calvin Coolidge that reads “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
Approximately 75 people were in attendance and the program included words of appreciation from the Honorable Mayors of Wytheville and Marion, Wythe County Community Hospital CEO, Chad Melton and others. A beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Leslie Mabe while the VFW Honor Guard presented colors. A wreath was laid at the base of the wall to honor the veterans who have lost their lives protecting our freedom while Taps was played by Craig Allison. Veteran Volunteer, Johnny O’Dell, spoke about how the idea for the Wall of Honor was developed and his passion for serving Veterans in hospice care. Each name represented on the wall was read aloud and a veteran hospice patient in attendance was honored with an ovation from the crowd.