Madison Community Honors 98-Year-Old World War II Veteran


The Madison community came together recently to honor one of their own: 98-year-old World War II veteran Boyd Waite. Private Waite served in the Army from 1941-46 and was stationed stateside in Maryland.


The Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR) team collaborated with the American Legion, VFW and Waite’s family to host a Veterans Recognition Ceremony at the American Legion Hall on Hubbard Road. The ceremony is part of the nonprofit agency’s Peaceful & Proud program, which pays special tribute to those who have served the country. More than 100 people attended including Waite’s two daughters, Connie Waite and Diane Johnson, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild and more than 40 veterans from the community. 

HWR volunteer veterans recited a moving tribute reflecting on what it means to be a veteran, thanked Private Waite for his service and presented him with a commemorative veteran’s pin and certificate. Joining in the celebration were American Legion Post #601 Honor Guards, American Legion Post #112, the American Legion Riders, VFW Color Guards and other HWR staff members. 
Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a cake, a buffet and live music provided by Waite’s family and friends. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered around and serenaded him with a rousing chorus of Jingle Bells.


“Mr. Waite is a very special person,” commented his advanced practice nurse Tammy Whetsel. “It was an honor for our team to work with his family and veterans in the community to recognize his service to the country. He’s so sweet and gentle, always has a smile on his face. There’s just a warm spirit about him. It was moving that so many from the local community were able to come together for this special tribute.”


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