U.S. Army Veteran Edward Horwatt Honored for His Service


Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Mentor home care team recently honored Edward Horwatt, a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War era, with a virtual veterans recognition ceremony in his home. Mr. Horwatt served stateside as a rifle instructor at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri from June 27, 1953 to January 3, 1955, achieving the rank of Corporal. 

Present with her husband for the ceremony was Anna, his wife of 67 years, and one of his three sons, Ed,  who had the honor of placing the commemorative pin on his father’s lapel to honor him for his service. Hospice spiritual care coordinator Mike LeMay, who is a U.S. Navy veteran, and hospice nurse Penni-Lynn Rolen, RN, were both present with the family in their home.

U.S. Army veteran volunteer Mike Coss conducted the ceremony virtually with an U.S. Army flag as the backdrop. After reciting a moving quote about military service from President John F. Kennedy and a poem about the sacrifices made by veterans to preserve freedom, he saluted Mr. Horwatt and thanked him for his service. Mr. Horwatt was also given a certificate and a red, white and blue lap blanket crocheted by a hospice volunteer. 

During the ceremony, Mr. Horwatt related a humorous memory about the Army wanting him to re-enlist. They asked him to take a test for promotion to Staff Sergeant. He chuckled when he recalled the test question was: “Who is the Quarterback for the Detroit Lions?” Although he knew the correct answer – Bobby Layne –  he ultimately chose not to re-enlist. Being newly married, he opted to return home to Northeast Ohio where he and his wife raised three children. He built a successful career, working first for  Republic Steel, then for 45 years at Lincoln Electric.

Congratulations, Mr. Horwatt, and thank you for your service!

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