Many Signature HealthCARE buildings recognized their veterans last week in honor of Veterans Day. For more about the history of Veterans Day, click here.
For more about how Signature homes honored their veterans, see below. (More pics on Signaturetown.)
For Veteran’s Day, we held a pinning ceremony. Twenty SHC of Marietta residents received pins and certificates for their service. The ceremony was indeed priceless.
– Constance Bennett, QOL Director, SHC of Marietta
We created a veterans wall to honor all of the residents who served in the military, with a brief history of their branch served and time served.
– Jayne West, Director of Spirituality, SHC of Jacksonville
Filled with a spirit of appreciation and gratitude to the Almighty, Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens, located in Homestead, Florida, celebrated and honored its Armed Forces Veteran residents with an event commemorating and recognizing their service and dedication to our country.
The event was sponsored by the Brookwood Gardens Activity Department, in partnership with the Department of Spirituality, and joined by family members, friends and residents of the facility, filled the South Dinning room to celebrate the occasion. This year’s host and M.C. was the Director of Spirituality and Chaplin of the facility, Eddie Santana, who is a retired Air Force Captain who once served as a legal consult, judge and later chaplain for the U.S. Air Corp.
After the invocation, the facility Administrator, Mrs. Lucy Reese welcomed the guests and recognized the residents being honored on this 11-11-11 holiday. Eleven residents of Brookwood Gardens were honored. Each resident honored represented all 4 branches of the military. Two of them represented the military branches of the British royal army and air force. As the hymn God bless America was played certificates of appreciation were given to each of the residents honored. Many shed tears as they remembered the days they fought to defend our rights and freedom, recalling many of their own co-solders who died in defense of our country. To each and ever one of our Veterans Brookwood
– Eddie Santana, Chaplain, SHC of Brookwood Gardens
We had a great time honoring our veterans at Buckhead, sponsored by Bristol Hospice.
– Sharmeka Johnson, QOL Director, SHC of Buckhead
For Veterans Day, we did a special photo shoot with the Vets. Jaime Larimore took photos of each Veteran in front of the flag. We framed them and on Friday, we had a special tribute to our Vets. A resident recited the Veterans Day Prayer, sang the Star Spangled Banner, shared our special thoughts and thanked them. There was also a special Veterans Day cake.
– Lana Parisek, QOL Director, SHC of Trimble County
Twenty-five residents, several family members and a few stakeholders took part in a Veterans’ Day celebration put on by Activities Director/Music Therapist Amanda Partlo and Chaplain Chris Lawrence. The event included rousing and solemn patriotic songs, poems and a reading of the Gettysburg Address, with much flag-waving and foot-stomping by those attending. The celebration concluded with a medley of the songs of the various branches of the United Stated Armed Forces.
– Chris Lawrence, Chaplain, SHC of Orange Park
We had an awesome Veterans Day, beginning with a ceremony in the morning. Myself & Neal (chaplain) spoke and Oneida McIntosh (activity assistant) sang “God Bless the USA.” Framed certificates were presented by Jay Burks (resident council president) and myself. Jay saluted each veteran after giving them the certificate, and then staff members personally thanked each veteran. We have 16 resident veterans and three staff veterans. In the afternoon, we held a Veterans Reception with Dietary Manager Cindi Burton’s extra special “Flag Cake” and many other goodies. Veterans who could not make it were presented with their certificate & cake, etc. in their rooms. It was all very touching!!
– Darla Borthwick, QOL Director, Bluegrass Care & Rehab
Community AMVETS surprised our veterans with a token of love. One of our gentlemen just wheeled himself up and down the hallways, but what made it so touching was Him saying that he is proud to be an American repeatedly . WOW
– Luis Rodriguez, QOL Program Director, Kenilworth Care & Rehab
As part of the November 9, 2011 Veteran’s program at our local Senior Citizens Center, Signature HealthCARE of Fentress was honored to be asked to provide the scrumptious luncheon. After comments by many of the town dignitaries and the awarding of certificates and pins, our proud veterans along with a multitude of seniors sat down to mushroom steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and peach or cherry cobbler. We are proud of our local vets and this was a small token of the appreciation we feel for all that they and others like them have done for our country.
– Linda Page-Montgomery, Chaplain, SHC of Fentress County