Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, including Vietnam Veterans. Veterans have unique needs and challenges related to their service, and we understand the importance of meeting those needs.
At Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, we take great pride in supporting our nation’s Veterans as they approach end of life. A cornerstone of this care is our Veteran Recognition Ceremony which pays tribute to the service of our Veteran patients.
While the United States and the Soviet Union fought as allies in World War II, tensions between the two superpowers grew from the end of World War II in 1945 through to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The Purple Heart is one of the most significant acts of recognition among American service members. The medal is awarded for "being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States, or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces." It is one of the only U.S. military distinctions that is awarded to all who fit the criteria — not just those who receive a recommendation from a higher-ranking official.
For military Veterans and their loved ones, one of the highest honors is receiving a final resting place in a Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery. To be laid to rest among fellow soldiers, where family and friends can visit your gravestone, is something most members of the United States Armed Forces are qualified to receive.
In Arlington National Cemetery, a soldier takes 21 steps along a rubber mat. When he reaches the end, he pauses for exactly 21 seconds. He turns 180 degrees, shifts his rifle to the opposite shoulder, then makes the same journey to the other end of the mat. He is guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and his movements reflect the traditional 21-gun salute—the highest honor rendered in the armed forces.