Flag raising

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 President Jan Morris, Haven Hospice Manager of Volunteer Services Susie Finfrock, Unit 16 Sergeant of Arms Ginny Polk, Unit 16 Chaplain Ronna Jackson, Haven Hospice Alliance President Pamela Ivey, Unit 16 Member Dot Whittle, Unit 16 Member Lou Smith and Unit 16 Treasurer Carolyn Badamo.

American Legion Auxiliary Donates Flag to Haven Hospice

Gainesville, Florida  (Aug. 13, 2014)— The ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 donated an American flag to Haven Hospice which was raised at the E.T. York Care Center on July 26.

“It was a beautiful day. We said a prayer and blessed the new flag before we lowered the old flag,” said Ronna Jackson who is the chaplain for the American Legion Auxiliary. “We’ve donated flags in the past and we plan on making this an annual tradition.”

“A lot of our veterans come to Haven and each one is treated with the highest dignity,” said Jackson who plans to work with Haven Hospice Manager of Volunteer Services Susie Finfrock to enhance the We Honor Veterans Program at Haven.

Veterans hold a special place in Jackson’s heart. Her father, Joseph Norrell, who was cared for by Haven, was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Jackson is also the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Reiners who died in action while serving in Afghanistan. Jackson has now dedicated her life to serving veterans.

“We have been talking about getting a low tone bell that we’ll ring whenever a veteran passes away,” said Jackson. “The plan would be to have the staff line the hallway to observe a moment of silence in honor of that hero.”

“I can truly say that the care Haven gives is remarkable and it comes from the heart,” said Jackson.