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Honor pinned on vets


VERMILION — More than a dozen military veterans were honored during a pinning ceremony Thursday at Kingston Residence for Veterans Day.

Stein Hospice held the ceremony for veterans who are residents at the Vermilion facility, giving each veteran a pin and a certificate to thank them for their service to their country.

Vermilion Mayor Jim Forthofer presented a proclamation to the veterans as part of the ceremony.

“I’ve had many an opportunity to help lead the community in different observations and holidays,” Forthofer said. “Some of those holidays are small and some are big. For crying out loud, we have a Woollybear Festival and a Fish Festival. Nothing really holds more significance than the day that we honor our veterans, though.”

The program included singing songs for each of the branches of the military, the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

This year’s pinning ceremony featured a new pin design.

Melvin Sailor, a chaplain with Stein Hospice, said he’s been with the organization for eight years, and the pinning ceremony has taken place every year he’s been there. He also said the veterans were given the same pin each year.

“I was in a patient’s room that resides here, and I noticed he had four of the same pins,” Sailor said. “I said, ‘Can we just change it up? Can we just give them something different?”

This year, Stein Hospice gave the veterans a new style of pin.

“We will have something different next year,” Sailor said. “It went over so well. A lot of the veterans wear their hat, and they just plaster them with pins. I just want to give them something different each year now.”

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