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For release: November 8, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Hospice of VNS holds 6th Annual Veterans Celebration
Ceremony honored area veterans for their service

Veterans and community residents attended Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service’s (VNS) 6th Annual Veterans’ Celebration on Thursday, November 7, on the Ridgewood Road grounds of the Hospice of VNS Care Center in Copley. An honor guard ceremony was carried out by Copley American Legion Post 473 and Copley VFW Post 7971, including a bugler playing taps, a 21-gun salute, and cadets from Garfield High School’s NJROTC color guard. Sarah Lowry, Northeast Ohio Regional Representative, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, welcomed the guests and thanked veterans for their service. Ben Alvarez, MD, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force (inactive), a resident of Chesterland and Senior Vice President of Physician Alignment and President of Akron General Partners Physician Group, spoke about the significance of Veterans Day. Dorothea Clarke, a resident of Akron, sang “America the Beautiful” and led the group in singing “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Jessi Baughman, from North Coast Pipe Band, also performed.

For information about Hospice of VNS, please call 330-665-1455 or 800-335-1455, or visit

About Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service is a nonprofit agency providing compassionate support for individuals facing serious or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Care is provided in-home, at nursing facilities or assisted living residences, and at the area's first freestanding Hospice Care Center, the renowned Justin T. Rogers Care Center on Ridgewood Road in Copley Township. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). A member of the Akron General Health System, VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

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