On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Girling Hospice Texas, with assistance from the local Girling Health Care team and the Sherman Senior Citizens Center, hosted a Veterans Day appreciation ceremony and dinner in honor of veterans living in North Texas.
The activity program began with the Boy Scouts from Pottsboro Troop 55 and local Girl Scouts posting the colors and leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Seamus Kelly McGill then played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. Girling Hospice Chaplain Terry Maze offered an emotional opening prayer remembering those who have served and asking God's protection over those still serving.
Seamus Kelly McGill plays "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.
Col. Buddy Merrick, U.S. Army Retired, local business owner and Gospel recording artist, provided an inspirational version of Lee Greenwood's “God Bless the USA” and "America the Beautiful."
Active duty military representing each military branch (USMC, Army, Navy and Air Force) from the local Sherman recruiting stations were in attendance, and they were recognized with appreciation plaques presented by Captain Tom Unerfusser, USAF Retired, and SM/Sgt Cindy Unerfusser, USAF Retired. As each recruiter was recognized, all guests in attendance who served or had family serve in that branch were asked to stand and be recognized.
Congressman Ralph Hall addressed the crowd with a moving speech about his beginnings in the military and his time in combat. He then encouraged young people to always remember those who have served. Congressman Hall served as a Lt. Second Grade in the United States Navy as an Aircraft Carrier Pilot during Work War II (1942-45). Following his speech, Billy Teague, LVN with Girling Hospice Texas, presented the Congressman with the liberty bell plaque for his unwavering service to the Texas 4th District and the country. Congressman Hall was also presented a framed American flag for his military service.
Three Girl Scouts help serve the cake during the ceremony.
Patsy Howard, coordinator of the Sherman Senior Center, provided closing remarks followed by the Scouts retiring the colors and McGill playing "Battles O'er,” an Irish Retreat melody, on the bagpipes. Chaplain Maze led the closing prayer and all attendees were invited to join in a free chili dinner served by the American Legion Auxiliary Post 29 of Sherman.
This Veterans Day ceremony and dinner were sponsored by Girling Hospice Texas, Girling Health Care (home health) and the Sherman Senior Citizens Center. Special thanks to Congressman Ralph Hall, Sherman Mayor Cary Wacher, Colonel Buddy Merrick, Captain Tom Unerfusser, SM/Sgt Cindy Unerfusser, members of the Sherman Recruiting Office, Seamus Kelly McGill, Boy Scout Troop 55 Pottsboro, local Girl Scouts, Chaplain Terry Maze, American Legion Auxiliary Post 29 Sherman, Patsy Howard and all guests who attended.
About Girling Hospice Texas
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