“It was a very nice ceremony,” said Geraldine “Jerry” Huddleston of her Veteran Pinning Ceremony performed by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers. “It was so professional. The gentlemen were really great and I enjoyed chatting with them.”

Huddleston grew up in Jasper, Florida. She worked part time at a local dentist office while she finished her senior year of high school. After she graduated, Huddleston briefly worked at a dairy in Jacksonville, Florida, before enlisting in the United States (U.S) Army.

She served in the U.S. Army as a medic from 1961 to 1963. After completing her basic training at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama, she went on to attend medical training school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During her time in the service, Huddleston was stationed at the West Point Military Academy and in Heidelberg, Germany.

During the pinning ceremony, Huddleston’s husband, Larry, was also honored for his service. “He was also a medic,” Huddleston said. “We met at the hospital where we were both stationed in Germany. We dated for three months and have been married for 53 years.”

Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans. The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service. Huddleston was also presented with a quilt that was created by the Lady of the Lakes Quilting Guild.