NEW PORT RICHEY — Generations of family members who served in the United States military were honored at the New Port Richey home of HPH Hospice patient and World War II Army veteran James Pendland Sr.
HPH’s We Honor Veterans volunteers Gary Hunt, Tom Clements and Tom Knight gathered at the Pendland home along with four HPH staff members for a family pinning ceremony.
James Sr. was saluted, along with son James Jr., a Marines veteran, and son-in-law William Jensen, who served in the Air Force. James Sr.’s daughter, Donna Pendland, was formally acknowledged for her late uncle Douglas Kimball’s military service.
Additionally, respects and tributes were paid to James Pendland’s late wife, Cecilia, for her unwavering commitment to those who fought for freedom. Mrs. Pendland was employed as a crane operator for Republic Steel in Canton, Ohio, while her husband was overseas.
James Jr. said that he was 9 months old when his father went to war, and 3 when he returned. It was his father’s love for his mother that brought him safely home, James Jr. said.
The family’s military roots run so deep that one of James Sr.’s ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War with Daniel Boone.
Hunt, who plays guitar, led the family in patriotic songs. There was storytelling, laughter and tears. An HPH legacy video was also made during the one-hour ceremony so that everything could be captured for future generations of family members. HPH provides services such as pinnings and legacy videos at no charge.
For information, visit www.HPH-Hsopice.org or call (727) 863-7971. HPH is in its 30th year of serving terminally ill individuals and their family members in Pasco and Hernando counties. The not-for-profit hospice also provides care to Citrus County residents.