Mayo Clinic employee honors veterans with escort when they are called home
The Army vet is on a mission to recognize a veteran's service at the end of his or her life
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- On the last Monday in May, America will honor the men and women who died while serving our nation. A security supervisor at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse wants to honor veterans any day they are called home.
There is no way to repay the debt this nation owes its veterans. Men and women, who sacrificed their own lives, for the greater good. We do our best on Memorial Day with ceremonies and services, and flags flown in their honor. A La Crosse man is on a mission to do more. “This is just one more thing. They served their country. They are very proud of that fact and it needs to be celebrated,” says Charlie Hall.
After 20 years in uniform, Hall retired from the Army but never stopped serving. The security supervisor has taken it upon himself to be there for local vets and their families, at the very end. “Veterans are very proud of their service until the end of their life,” says Hall.
When a veteran passes away Mayo Clinic in La Crosse, Charlie and his team escort them, under the cover of an American flag. They make their way through the halls of the hospital on their way to their funeral home. “It brings our flag and our nation and all of that pride and respect into our facility,” says Hall.
A walk of honor. A sign of respect. “They served their country. They are very proud of that fact and it needs to be celebrated,” says Hall. One more tribute to the few and the proud. Men and woman we owe so much. Veterans this nation can never repay.
Charlie is also working with Mayo Clinic Health System to provide a special military pinning service for veterans in hospice care.
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