Wautoma American Legion Post 317 member Don Zilewicz recognized Elmer Janka for his military service to the nation at a ceremony at the WWII Memorial Building, Wautoma, on July 24.

Elmer Janka honored at pinning ceremony

    On July 24, Marquardt Hospice honored Wautoma resident/veteran Elmer Janka for his military service during WWII. A number of Wautoma American Legion Post 317 members, along with family and hospice team members, were present for the ceremony to recognize Janka. The pinning ceremony was held at the WWII Memorial building in Wautoma. A light lunch was also served following the ceremony.     Wisconsin hospice agencies recognize the sacrifices veterans have graciously given and demonstrate that recognition by conducting a pinning ceremony for veterans on hospice. When Marquardt Hospice cares for an individual who is a veteran, they ask the individual and family if they would allow hospice to recognize the individual’s military service by conducting a pinning ceremony.          During the ceremony, the individual is thanked for his or her service to our country, followed by a fellow veteran placing a pin on the veteran.     As the ceremony came to a close, Janka stated that he has tried to live his life by the famous quote by President John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”     Marquardt Hospice is non-profit, faith-based hospice that serves individuals and their families from the southern to central area of the state. Marquardt’s office is located in Watertown, with four teams that cover the service area. Janka is being cared for by the North Central team.