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Hospice Helped Honor Veteran

Last January, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties and American Legion Post 1796 of New Windsor, came together to bestow an Honor Salute for Anthony Venezia, of New Windsor, a WWII Army Veteran. The Honor Salute came together under hospice social worker Donna Deming, who was part of Mr. Venezia’s care team.

It was a proud moment Venezia shared with his family and friends as they gathered at the New Windsor Country Inn where both he and his wife Eleanor resided.

When speaking with Mr. Venezia, attendee Chaplain Joseph Ruud found out that they had a connection. In 1954, Ruud used to frequent an old bar named The Bob Inn, in Rockland Lake that was owned by a family member of Veteran Venezia a long time ago. “I bet I sat next to him at that bar and here we were all these years later; it is indeed a very small world,” says Ruud.

“It was a deeply moving celebration,” says Diana Pulliam, daughter and caregiver of Veteran Venezia. “Our heartfelt thanks go to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, the American Legion Post 1796, and the Goshen Girls, who made the beautiful quilt.”

As a WE HONOR VETERANS Level IV Partner through the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the VA, Hospice will continue to honor and provide more moments of life for our veterans on behalf of their amazing selfless actions given to protect our Nation and its people.

Veteran Venezia passed away on August 25 at the home of his daughter, in Oro Valley, Arizona, receiving hospice care until his passing.

For more information about Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, call 561-6111 or visit or

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