Haven Hospice held a brunch to honor veterans from the Lake City area and their families on Wednesday, November 9 prepared by Haven Hospice Chef Kim Cipra at the Suwannee Valley Care Center.

The event featured Sha’Nyah Davis who performed the National Anthem and guest speaker Mike Williams of PotashCorp. Williams grew up on a family farm in White Springs before enlisting in the in the United States (U.S.) Army. He served in several different roles in the Army, before retiring after 24 years as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

As the nation honored and thanked veterans for their dedicated and loyal military service to our country on Veterans Day, November 11, it’s important to remember that veterans also deserve recognition and compassionate care at the end of life’s journey.

“The Haven Hospice Veterans Appreciation Brunch was a great opportunity to thank and recognize our local veterans for their service to our country,” said Haven Hospice Lake City Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Pinchouck. “At Haven, we honor and respect the sacrifice of veterans and hope during the brunch that we were able to provide comfort, care and compassion to those who proudly served our country.”

Haven would like to thank Rountree Moore Auto Group, Comfort Keepers, the Lake City Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the ladies of Radiant in Red, Krystal of Lake City, Home Depot of Lake City, the Lake City Veterans Honors Group, Haven volunteers and staff, and many others who helped make this event possible.

Through the We Honor Veterans program, Haven provides veteran-centered care to veterans facing end-of-life challenges. In addition, Haven celebrates and recognizes the contributions of North Florida’s veterans throughout the year by partnering with local organizations to honor and serve those whom have served us so bravely. Activities include utilizing a military history checklist at admission, recognition events and veteran-to-veteran pinning ceremonies. The Haven Hospice Veteran-to-Veteran Pinning Ceremony includes a 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.