Keeping the Spirit of ’45 Alive Day

August 23, 2013

The World War II generation has often been referred to as the “Greatest Generation” for their example of national unity, cooperation, service, and selflessness during an extremely challenging time in our nation’s history. To honor this generation, Nature Trail Health Care Center, in partnership with SSM Hospice of the Good Samaritan, celebrated the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II with a ceremony to observe Spirit of ’45 Day, a special day honoring those who served in World War II, both in uniform and on the home front.

Nature Trail hosted a Spirit of ’45 Day celebration for their residents that featured a Color Guard presentation, the playing of Taps, a 21-gun salute, special music, and food. Four World War II Veterans were also recognized with medals during the ceremony. Verna Germanceri, Nature Trail Administrator, stated, “We are so pleased to be able to honor the legacy of the World War II generation with this celebration. This is our opportunity to give a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to these heroes for their many sacrifices in service to our nation. We would also like to invite the public to come tour our Freedom Wing, which is devoted to our Veterans.” Nature Trail has the noted distinction of being one of the select care providers in Illinois for service-connected disabled Veterans.

Lisa Austin, Branch Manager of SSM Hospice, noted, “The Spirit of ’45 Day celebration is just one of the many ways that SSM Hospice is demonstrating its commitment to honoring Veterans of all eras during the final chapters of their lives. Recently, SSM Hospice also partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in a program that will better meet the needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.” The We Honor Veterans program is designed to recognize Americans for their military service as well as provide valuable resources to Veterans receiving end-of-life care.