When Anna Ellis finished nursing school, she decided to join the service. She boarded a trolley in her hometown of Mahwah, New Jersey, planning to enlist at the first recruiting office she passed. She joined the Navy.

Now in the care of Hope Hospice at age 88, the Hope Honor Guard conducted a ceremony to thank Mrs. Ellis for serving her country. Honor Guard members are Hope volunteers and fellow veterans.

Veterans in Hope’s care are honored with a special ceremony and the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation. They are also invited to participate in the Library of Congress Veterans’ History Project recording wartime stories.

The Hope VALOR program – Veterans’ Access to Life Opportunities and Resources – provides additional resources for meeting veterans’ needs related to military service, combat experience, traumatic events and other issues.

“We have always had a special place in our hearts for veterans, and VALOR confirms our deep commitment to them,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. Hope Hospice was recently honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for “outstanding dedication to serving Veterans.” Beckwith added, “Our VALOR program was developed to provide the support and respect that America’s veterans, men and women, deserve.”

Along with the Certificate of Appreciation, the Honor Guard presented Mrs. Ellis with a specially made camouflage teddy bear.

Hope Honor Guard member presents Anna Ellis with a specially made camouflage teddy bear in recognition of her service to the country as a Navy nurse.

From left – Jim Cerami, Anna Ellis, Ernesto Cruz, Earl Edmondson. The ceremony was held at the Crown Pointe assisted living facility in Sebring.