Rolling Thunder Presents HMC Hospice of Medina County with Chair of Honor
Chapter 1 of Rolling Thunder, Inc. was joined by Chapter 8 of Medina to present HMC Hospice of Medina County with a Chair of Honor at our recently reopened Medina Inpatient Hospice Unit this week. Opening the ceremony with a Presentation of Colors was the Honor Guard from VFW Post 5137 in Medina.
Accepting the chair were Hospice of the Western Reserve President and CEO Bill Finn and Provider Relations Manager Nate Gradisher, who chairs the Peaceful & Proud Veterans Committee. Director of Inpatient Services & Facilities Bob Phillips-Plona and several HMC clinical team members also gathered briefly to witness to the moving ceremony and express their appreciation for the honor.
Rolling Thunder® is a nonprofit organization devoted to publicizing the POW-MIA issue. Members are committed to helping American veterans from all wars. According to the Department of Defense, there are about 81,600 Americans missing — from the battlefields of World War II to recent conflicts.
“We are honored to display the Chair of Honor in the Graham Veteran’s Memorial Alcove in the west wing as a symbolic way to remember Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action,” Nate said. A second Chair of Honor presented the agency last December is displayed in the Atrium of David Simpson Hospice House.
The POW-MIA chair will remain perpetually empty as a reminder that even though not all who served are here with us, there is still a space for them.