University High School JROTC Titan Battalion Recognized for Their Work with Haven Hospice Veteran Patients

Daytona Beach, Florida  (April 29, 2014) – The University High School JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Titan Battalion were the recipients of the 2013 Live United Youth Group Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties for their work with Haven Hospice veteran patients.

Haven Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Mary Kathryn Maine began working with the University High School United States Army JROTC in early 2013 as part of a service-learning project sponsored by Haven Hospice to honor area nursing home veterans.  The project was initiated by Haven  Hospice as part of the “We Honor Veterans Program” which included the Veterans  Flag Garden in the Volusia Mall.  The Titan Battalion of 60 cadets engaged in activities at four local nursing homes to recognize over 120 veterans on behalf of Haven Hospice. 

During each visit, cadets were dressed in full uniform while singing the National Anthem, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and presenting the colors.  Each veteran received a personalized miniature American flag along with a dog tag inscribed with the veteran’s name and service branch.  Flags were then placed either in a flag garden at the nursing home facility or cadets later placed flags at the Volusia Mall Veterans Flag Garden.  Veterans also received letters that the cadets had personally written.  The cadets found the ceremonies to be an extremely gratifying and inspiring opportunity. 

The United Way Volunteer Center and Bright House Networks presented the 27th Annual Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards on April 24 in celebration of National Volunteer Week at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. There were nearly 50 individuals/organizations nominated in different categories and winners were selected by a panel of community leaders.  The Master of Ceremonies for the event was WESH News Channel 2 Anchor Jim Payne.