Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s Final Salute program pays homage to military veterans who spend their last days of life at the hospital. With the family’s consent, designated hospital employees properly drape the patient’s body with the American ﬂag.
Honor Guard Escorts, composed of hospital staﬀ and volunteers, then escort the deceased veteran and his or her family members from the room to a designated exit. Before leaving the hospital, the veteran’s family receives the American ﬂag on behalf of their loved one. Since its inception in November 2015, more than 55 individuals have been honored. Watch this moving video of the ceremony for James Beshears, who was a Navy Chief Petty Officer who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
“Military veterans merit the expression of our deepest gratitude and highest praise,” said Chaplain James Dorsey. Serving as the hospital’s chaplain for more than 17 years, Dorsey is credited with creating the Final Salute protocol. “As veterans, these men and women have shown admirable commitment to the values of our nation – peace, liberty, freedom and justice for all. We’re privileged and honored to give them a Final Salute.”