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World War II Veterans Enjoy Spirit of '45 Event

posted on Friday, August 28, 2015

This year, the world commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II with Spirit of ‘45 events. Along with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Dignity Memorial | McLaren's Resthaven Chapel, HCI Hospice Care Services was honored to co-sponsor a Spirit of '45 event at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter on Aug. 16. Special activities included a flyover by a vintage Stinson aircraft, the laying of a wreath, and several speakers including The Honorable Terry Branstad and Colonel Robert King.

HCI Hospice Care Services was there to honor Veterans, Veteran volunteers and staff with a special luncheon. Two very special Veterans were able to attend the Spirit of '45 Event on August 16. Mount Ayr resident Amon Hunt is a World War II Veteran who is being served by HCI Hospice Care Services. Amon served as a scout in the Army's 169th Infantry Regimen, spending time in New Guinea, Manila and the Philippines. He earned a Bronze Star for carrying a soldier off a mountain and he also received a combat infantry badge.

As part of his hospice care, Amon has chosen to take part in the Veteran-to-Veteran Program which pairs Veteran volunteers to patients that have also served in the military. Amazingly, Amon's Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer, Jake Dailey is also a World War II Veteran. At 94, Jake spends his days honoring fellow Vets and helping them find peace at life’s end. Jake was one of our first Veteran volunteers and has performed more than 50 pinning ceremonies. His wealth of life experiences enables him to connect, understand and provide comfort to patients.

It truly was a special day to have both of these veterans present for the Spirit of '45 ceremony! Click on the links below to see the media coverage of this wonderful event.

The Perry News

Click here to see Local 5's segment about Jake Dailey and Amon Hunt.