Winterset residents and long-time friends, Dale Hartman and Hubert “Hube” Wilkinson were posthumously honored on Monday, March 9, during a Veteran Pinning Ceremony hosted by EveryStep Hospice. 

The ceremony, which took place at the Winterset VFW where both men were lifetime members, was attended by family members for Hartman and Wilkinson. Hartman, who passed away in November, and Wilkinson, who passed in March 2019, were both patients of EveryStep Hospice in Winterset. 

EveryStep Hospice regularly hosts veteran pinning ceremonies, providing honor, dignity and recognition to veterans at the end of their lives. Family members and friends are often on hand with EveryStep staff and volunteers during the celebratory events. 

The ceremonies include the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer of thanks, the awarding of a veteran service flag pin, the singing of “God Bless America,” a reading of “What is a Veteran,” and the presentation of a certificate of recognition.