Veteran Pinning Ceremony honors Virginia Ferguson | Local News

Virginia Ferguson passed away on Tuesday, July 11, but just prior to her death the “No Veteran Will Die Alone” program conducted its first pinning ceremony of a Veteran on July 7 in Pana. Seven members of Quad County’s Veteran Volunteers presented special honors to Mrs. Ferguson as family members and Quad County staff stood by. The pinning ceremony is a special program which honors Veteran hospice patients with an American flag Veteran pin and certificate of appreciation for their service to our country.

Virginia Ferguson is a Veteran of the United States Navy. She served as a Pharmacist Technician aboard a naval ship during World War II. She was decorated with a Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal which was awarded during that time for service during World War II. Virginia was honored by military personnel who came to her home and presented the flag, offered a special prayer, and honored her for her service for our country. Quad County staff member, Denise Orton, RN pinned Virginia with a flag pin that also displayed a Navy emblem. Ribbon Pins were also given to Virginia’s daughters who were present at the ceremony. A special hand-made red, white, and blue care blanket and pillow displaying a U.S. Navy branch design was given to Virginia as a gift from the Veteran Volunteers. As an appreciation and a way to celebrate Virginia’s service in United States Navy a cake was presented to the family.

It was fitting that this first pinning ceremony by Quad County Hospice be for Virginia because she served as the original director of Quad County when the organization first began in 1984. Her daughter, Lisa Ferguson recalls: “I remember mom getting calls in the middle of the night to go check on a patient. Sometimes if the weather was bad, she woke my dad to drive her through snow and ice to get to a patient in need.”…

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