Sergeant Alphonsus “Uncle Al” Schertel, a 92-year-old WWll veteran, bronze star recipient, and hospice patient with end-stage heart disease, received a grand celebration in honor of his service. His BAYADA Hospice team from Boyertown, Pennsylvania coordinated the event at Forever Green Farm, where he lives with his niece and her family.

A frail, yet beaming Schertel was joined by family, hospice staff, military friends, and guests who experienced a range of emotions--from solemnity to celebration--throughout the events of the day, which included:

• Full military honors from American Legion Post 244, who presented a flag flown over the White House, sent from Senator Pat Toomey

• A proclamation read by Senator Bob Mensch

• A pinning by Army Private First Class Meghan Lyman

• A prayer from his church's Deacon Boyle

• Videotaping his story of how he saved his buddy’s life and was awarded a bronze metal

View the story that appeared on WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA:
http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-berks/surprise-honor-for-wwii-veteran-on-hospice-care/29646870

 

 

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