In November 2018, shortly after Veterans Day, the Caring Circle We Honor Veterans program had the honor of presenting WWII Army Veteran Eddie Rucker with a Hospice at Home Salutes Our Veterans certificate presentation.
Hospice at Home Salutes Our Veterans Certificate Presentations
These events are an opportunity to show appreciation to the Veteran under hospice care for their service to our country. Veterans and their families recognize the special significance of the certificate ceremonies that are conducted by a Veteran volunteer, who has a personal understanding of what service to our country truly means.
After speaking with his hospice social worker about his military service, Eddie agreed to the ceremonial presentation. At 98 years old, Eddie insisted on greeting the We Honor Veterans team at the door when they arrived. During the visit Eddie enjoyed sharing his stories of service with the team, including a Caring Circle spiritual care coordinator and Army Veteran, Adam Bohland, who presented Eddie with his certificate.
Eddie enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in the all African American regiment commonly known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Due to the racial prejudice of the time, African Americans served in segregated units. Eddie served his country with bravery and honor despite hardship and struggle including refusals of furloughs that were available to other soldiers. The struggles he and so many other African American service members experienced while serving their country helped pave the way for changes and improvements in racial equality in the military from the integration of regimens, which started in 1948 and continues through today.
Eddie enjoys spending his time surrounded by his loving family and takes great pride in all of them, including his grandson who is currently serving in the Navy.
Thank you, Mr. Eddie Rucker, for your dedication to protecting our country and to keeping America free.