A proud member of a dwindling number, she was a Marine who served in Hawaii, met her husband there, raised a family in Alaska and is now receiving hospice care at Cottagewood senior community in Buffalo, Minn.
Fairview Hospice assembled family and friends on Monday, Feb. 9, to recognize the service of Cecile Hill as part of the We Honor Veterans program.
The music therapist, Becky Pansch, played the “Marine’s Hymn” on the piano, and Cecile joined her in singing. Spiritual care provider Dale Swan led a soldier’s prayer.
“On behalf of Fairview Hospice, please accept our thanks and gratitude,” Jan Erickson, Cecile’s hospice volunteer since last April, told her. “When you see this pin, know that your service to the nation is deeply appreciated.”
Ann Wiborg, nurse practitioner and a veteran, approached with a pin of the American Flag. “From one veteran to another, thank you for your service,” she said as she pinned the flag on Cecile’s blouse.