Today we honor all our Veterans around the world with a special tribute on this Veterans Day. Crossroads Hospice sponsored a program for our 44 veterans here at Canterbury. Their chaplain lead the ceremony by talking about the meaning of the day and some of the history, going back to WWI when it was originally referred to as Armistice Day. A video was playing in the background, filled with images of war, ships, tanks, airplanes, and soldiers fighting and returning home. We began the program with The National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, hands across our hearts. Each veteran was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Crossroads, each with the veterans’ name and branch of service. Our two female veterans, both in The Gardens are shown below… Phebe O’Shea in the Navy during WWII and Inez Jones serving as a pilot in Vietnam. Crossroads also provided a patriotic cake along with punch to enjoy after the ceremony. An emotional addition to end the program was music representing every branch of the service… each veteran standing or crossing his heart as he heard the sounds of Anchors Aweigh or The Caissons Go Rolling Along. Our many thanks to Crossroads Hospice for sponsoring this amazing program for our Veterans!
Following this program there was a Veterans Day Church service in our Chapel with Rev. Bill Hesse and resident Margaret Hanna, a member of the D.A.R., who shared her thoughts about the day. Children from many schools made homemade cards with personal notes for all our Veterans, who each received a card.