Monday Morning Boost: On Behalf of a Grateful Nation

Monday Morning Boost: On Behalf of a Grateful Nation

“On behalf of the president of the United States, the United States Navy, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of your honorable and faithful service.”

It was my sacred privilege to deliver these words to Seaman 1st Class Fred Bingham, a 99-year-old veteran who joined the Navy in August 1945, right at the end of World War II. On this day, Seaman Bingham was surrounded by his family at Mack Park in Smithfield, Utah, during their annual family reunion, held each year the Saturday before Father’s Day.

In doing the Honor Salute, I was joined by several soldiers from our local Army Reserve Unit, led by Sergeant First Class Johnathan Mullings. Together, Seaman Bingham was presented with a certificate of appreciation, a lapel pin, a military-style challenge coin, and the Flag of the United States. This particular Flag had been flown over Afghanistan during combat operations.

Though Seaman Bingham’s hearing is poor, and he is feeling the effects of his 99 years, I saw in his eyes the determination that must have been there when he was serving his country in the Navy. In that moment, I felt the weight of history, the honor of service, and a deeper gratitude for those of the Greatest Generation. And his family was a testament to the life and legacy he had built. His service had paved the way for a future he could have only dreamed of all those years ago.


The Honor Salute was led by Jason Bohman, Social Services Director for Community Nursing Services (CNS) in Logan. Deeply committed to honoring veterans, Jason’s words were a tribute to the valor and dedication of veterans like Seamon Bingham.

The Honor Salute program is a heartfelt initiative of Community Nursing Services to recognize hospice patients who are veterans. This simple, yet powerful tribute, is often the final public recognition of a veteran’s service to our country. This unique program offers veterans the opportunity to feel the pride and honor of serving while also creating a connecting moment that brings together family and friends to celebrate their loved one’s military service.

CNS has completed 580 Honor Tributes.

Seamon Fred Bingham makes 581.

In these moments, we see the true power of community and connection. We are reminded that we are part of something larger than ourselves, a legacy of courage and commitment that spans generations. The Honor Salute program captures this beautifully, offering a final gesture of respect and gratitude to those who have given so much.

As we move forward, let us carry the lessons of these veterans with us. Let us honor their sacrifices by living lives of purpose and integrity. And let us remember that every salute, every flag presented, is a symbol of our collective gratitude and commitment to never forget.

In the end, it is about more than just the words spoken or the ceremonies conducted. It is about the enduring legacy of service and the profound impact it has on our lives and our communities. It is about recognizing that we all have a role to play in honoring and preserving that legacy for future generations.


Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.

I Love You, friend!

Les Patterson

p.s. Take 13 minutes today to remember and honor one who has created a lasting legacy. 



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