Although a local World War II veteran recently passed away, she did not go before being honored for her service. Virginia Ferguson was honored with a pinning ceremony through the “No Veteran Will Die Alone” program on July 7 at Quad County Hospice in Pana.
Ferguson was a Pharmacist Technician aboard a naval ship during the war. She was decorated with a Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal which was awarded during that time for service. Back at home, Ferguson was the original director of Quad County Hospice when the organization began in 1984.
Rachael Springate is the Volunteer Coordinator at Quad County Hospice. She describes the ceremony that the veterans receive when they are honored.
Springate says the “No Veteran Will Die Alone” program has veteran volunteers that go across the area to honor veterans on hospice.
Ferguson died just four days later on July 11th.
Pictured are the Quad County Hospice Veteran Volunteers who conducted the “No Veteran Dies Alone” pinning ceremony with Virginia Ferguson and her daughters. (l to r) Jack Moss, Veteran Chaplin; Richard Simms, Veteran; Erich Weidemiller, Son of Legion; Mickey Clemons, Veteran; Bill Wright, Veteran; Roger Swim, Veteran; and Mark Denton, Veteran. Seated: Lisa Ferguson, Virginia Ferguson, RN World War II Navy Veteran and Suzanne Ehlebracht.