Flagpole Gifted to Hanson Hospice Center to Honor Veterans
Nov 7, 2018
(STEVENSVILLE) – Eagle Scout candidate, Cameron Needham, recently gifted a flagpole to the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center in honor of veterans and active-duty service members. For the past three years, Needham worked with community members and area organizations to obtain the flagpole and have it installed at the facility’s front entrance as part of an Eagle Scout project. A ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 28 to dedicate the flagpole and award Needham with his official distinction as an Eagle Scout.
“I recognized that there was no flag pole at the Hanson Hospice Center and chose to place one there as my Eagle Scout project because I felt it would be important for veteran patients staying at the center to be able to look out the window and see the flag,” said Needham. “The completion of my project means I can do anything if I put my mind to it and that I have what it takes to lead.”
Members of Needham’s Eagle Scout Troop, Caring Circle and Pine Ridge staff members, and local veterans were in attendance at the dedication ceremony.
“It’s a public display of patriotism,” said Arden Pridgeon, WWII Army Veteran.
“The flagpole is an honor as a veteran but it was also an honor to serve,” said Jim Kehrer, Vietnam Army Veteran. “It’s an honor to be a part of the brotherhood.”