Casey Walton, Sons of the American Legion donate 100 flags for Veterans

Chadron Community Hospital Home Health and Hospice loves to honor and serve our area veterans.

In 2017, our staff was inspired by a You tube video that showed a deceased Veteran, draped by an American flag, pushed down a hospital hallway.  What was so amazing about this video was that all staff or fellow residents stopped what they were doing and placed their hand on their heart in silence as he was taken out of the building.  This video was so moving, we decided to try to implement a similar practice for our patients that were in nursing homes.  

We assembled a small task force with members from the Chadron American Legion Post #12 and our local VFW Post 1375- Grey Eagle to discuss how we could respectfully and properly have our own flag ceremony for deceased veterans.  We came up with a protocol which included reading the poem “A Hero’s Welcome” by Robert Longley.


A Hero’s Welcome

Time to come home dear soldier

Your tour of duty through

You’ve given as much as anyone

Could be expected to do


Just a few steps further

The smoke will start to clear

Others here will guide you

You have no need to fear


You have not failed your comrades

You clearly gave it all

And through your selfless actions

Others will hear the call


So take your place of honor

Among those who have gone before

And know you will be remembered

For now and evermore


We received a donation initially of 40 flags donated by the Chadron State College ROTC program. And since, we have received another 50-60 flags from ROTC, the Chadron Legion and VFW.  In the beginning, we did flag ceremonies in nursing homes only.  That didn’t last long because it was easy to see it would work easily in the home of a veteran as well. We even used a few flags to honor a few veterans that passed in our hospital.  Now, all our flags have been used, Casey Walton came to our rescue.  

To read the article printed in the Sheridan County Star, click here.