Ames Family Hospice House receives new American flag and dedicates it to veterans.
Westlake, Ohio is home to the Ames Family Hospice House that hosts a flag-raising ceremony to honor all local veterans on November 11th, Veterans Day. The event takes place in front of the house in the Veteran’s Garden. All veterans and their families were encouraged to attend.
The American Legion Post 12 generously donated the 4 x 6 foot American flag that will proudly wave atop a 30-foot flagpole in the center of the garden. The special dedication ceremony honors the memory of all those that lost their lives during service and a bugler will also play taps.
The donation was offered by veteran Ken Sedlak, whose sister-in-law stayed at the Ames House. “When I visited the house earlier in the year, I noticed the flag was beginning to show some wear, and the recent storms took an additional toll. With Veterans Day coming, it was an opportune time for us to donate a new one,” Sedlak said.
Leading up to the garden is a path entitled the Walk of Honor, paved with 27 commemorative engraved bricks. Family members and loved ones bought these bricks as a way to pay tribute and honor all those that served to protect this great country. The Ames Family Hospice House Garden and Walk of Honor are open to the public.
In accordance with this flag ceremony, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host over 30 “Veteran Appreciation Ceremonies,” throughout the greater Cleveland area through Veteran’s Day Sunday, November 11th. The Ames House hosts many ceremonies like this every year, which any veteran can attend. During the ceremonies, Ames Family workers approach each vet separately and thank him or her for their service to this country. Each vet also receives a special pin. Every ceremony turns into a very emotional experience, especially since many of vets have never been publicly thanked.