Ramon
Wine Tasting

Just hours after receiving a folded flag, a beautiful message and a final salute from Retired Air Force Colonel Hal Smarkola, Ramon, a Marines Veteran, took his final breath in our Blue Room. Ramon was under the care of Gentiva Hospice.

“I don’t know you, but I love you,” Hal told Ramon. “You know why? Because we both served in the same military, and we supported the same country. The best country in the world. You did a wonderful job protecting the United States. You’re dismissed, and you’re free to go.”

And perhaps, that’s just what Ramon was waiting to hear. Semper Fi.

Ramon