Special Pinning Ceremonies

We are pleased to have coordinated and taken part in special pinning ceremonies, not just for Gilchrist patients, but for the community at-large as well.

Memorial Day, 2015

Retired Navy Second Class Petty Officer, Warren (Bud) Gensler, never had aspirations to be a poet. But in 2007, he wrote a poem about his experiences in WWII, specifically at Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima where he helped carry the flag to the men for the first raising. He often read the poem at Memorial Day ceremonies, but as the years passed, it became increasingly more difficult for him to do so. In 2015, he expressed interest again and it was arranged for him to read his poem in front of a small audience at Joyous Assisted Living in White Marsh.


Veterans Day, 2014

More than 35 Gilchrist staff and volunteers fanned out across the region to conduct pinning ceremonies at facilities operated by our partner Lorien Health Systems. From Mt. Airy to Havre de Grace, from Elkridge to Columbia and Towson, nearly 300 veterans were honored and their sacrifices acknowledged. Members of Gilchrist's Facility Based Care Teams and Gilchrist volunteers offered pins of gratitude and remembrance to all resident veterans, and not just those who are part of our hospice program.

Veterans Day, 2013

In 2013, we coordinated with Oak Crest Retirement Village to have two special ceremonies − one for July 4th and one on Veterans Day – during which we pinned 195 veterans. On Veteran's Day there was a choir, color guard and notable speakers, including former Gilchrist Board Chair and retired General Benjamin Lucas and retired First Sgt. Matthew Eversmann whose heroic story was told in the book and movie Black Hawk Down.

View a brief video of Benjamin Lucas' speech and a few closing remarks from Gilchrist Executive Director, Cathy Hamel.


The Oak Crest Color Guard. Pictured far left is Michelle Caldwell, also a Gilchrist Hospice Care Volunteer.
The Oak Crest Color Guard. Pictured far left is Michelle Caldwell, also a Gilchrist Hospice Care Volunteer.


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