A veterans' day of tribute.As young soldiers and sailors, they fought in the Ardennes forests, the Pacific waters off Midway, the jungles of Khe Sanh Khe Sanh
savage siege marks turning point in Vietnam (1968). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 620]
See : Turning Point , and the mountainous terrain of Heartbreak Ridge. World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam--brave American men and women served their country in these modern wars with courage and valor valor
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Since current world tensions have resurrected memories of the sacrifices of past generations, Deer Meadows Retirement Community, a CCRC Noun 1. CCRC - an agency in the Department of Defense that is a national center for research on all aspects of injury control and casualty care
Casualty Care Research Center of the Baptist Home of Philadelphia, decided to pay a long-overdue tribute to every veteran in its "family" with "A Salute to Our Military Family."
When Michael 1. Jacobs came on board as Deer Meadows' executive director last November, he expressed a desire to put together an event to recognize the veterans who live here for their service to our counti3,. "We need to thank them in a big way for their unselfishness Unselfishness
See also Dedication.
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Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincentia Gerosa, Sts. . Some of them came back wounded, while others returned home alone after losing their friends on faraway far·a·way
1. Very distant; remote.
2. Abstracted; dreamy: a faraway look.
1. very distant
2. battlefields," says Jacobs.
The executive team gave its full support to the project. Jacobs adds, "You know what, we're a family here. Let's include not only resident veterans, but also veterans on the board and staff." Everyone swapped ideas, solicited donations, and offered creative suggestions that would make "A Salute to Our Military Family" one of the most moving and ambitious celebrations ever to take place on a long-term care long-term care (LTC),
n the provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. campus.
With only 5 1/2 months to pull the event together, the planning committee planning committee n (in local government) → comité m de planificación hit the ground running. There was entertainment to plan and a program to develop; there were speakers to schedule, props to rent, and dignitaries to invite. The "salute" was to be held in Deer Meadows' parking lot, "rain or shine (and, unfortunately, it did rain, but we had planned for it and rented a large tent that covered the parking lot).
Finally on Sunday, May 18, 1,000 people gathered on the Deer Meadows campus to officially honor 52 brave male and female veterans, who represented every branch of the armed forces. Guests came from across the country, and it was truly a star-spangled day throughout the community. Flags waved across the Deer Meadows campus--on porches, in windows, and along walkways. To open the ceremony, a color guard led a procession of American flags carried by more than 100 Junior ROTC cadets representing six inner-city high schools in the Philadelphia school district. Led by Lt. Col. Russ Gallagher, these young men and women were crisp, dignified, and precise in their presentation. Many also served as escorts for our honorees.
While the cadets stood at attention, everyone joined in the singing of our national anthem. Under the direction of John Bryant John Bryant may refer to:
In this emotionally charged atmosphere, with flags waving and patriotic songs echoing throughout the tent, each veteran received a small flag name tag and a citation of thanks, and each was presented the colors (the familiar triangular-shaped folded flag) of our nation. Young ROTC cadets saluted each honoree. As Deer Meadows' Director of Information Technology Dot Biela remarked, "It seems that there was one more ver there that day, although only I saw him. My father, a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge Battle of the Bulge, popular name in World War II for the German counterattack in the Ardennes, Dec., 1944–Jan., 1945. It is also known as the Battle of the Ardennes. On Dec. , passed away two years ago."
Following this presentation, Capt. (Ret.) David Christian David A. Christian (born October 1948), is an American Vietnam war veteran. Although highly decorated for his military service, he is best known for his veteran's advocacy efforts. Military career
Christian enlisted in the United States Army at age 17. , the country's youngest and most highly decorated Vietnam veteran This article is about veterans of the Vietnam War. For the French psychedelic musical group, see Vietnam Veterans.
Vietnam veteran is a phrase used to describe someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. , who retired at age 21, addressed the assembly. When we planned this program, the war in Iraq had not yet begun and, although Christian, a national Fox News television consultant, had heavy responsibilities at the network, he arranged his schedule to ensure that he was here to share his thoughts and memories with his fellow servicemen and -women. Christian later commented that he has participated in many veteran functions, including funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, 420 acres (170 hectares), N Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.; est. 1864. More than 60,000 American war dead, as well as notables including Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, Gen. John J. , and was touched by what we, as a care community, were able to do in honoring our military family. Along with Christian's remarks, the audience heard proclamations from Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, Esq., and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, as well as greetings from President George W. Bush, who wrote, "By answering the call of duty, our brave men and women in uniform, along with their families, serve as examples of courage, dedication, and sacrifice. America is grateful for their selfless I service."
Although the rain was falling outside, inside the tent spirits soared. Some family members had been concerned that dredging dredging, process of excavating materials underwater. It is used to deepen waterways, harbors, and docks and for mining alluvial mineral deposits, including tin, gold, and diamonds. up wartime memories I might be painful. But after the program, they realized that these residents truly appreciated being recognized for their sacrifices. Some of the residents had as many as 17 family members present. One resident's out-of-state daughter was hesitant about attending because she assumed that her father would be a shell of the man she remembered. When she left, she left happy. Her father told her that he didn't come to Deer Meadows to die; he came to live. Hearing comments like this from families reminds us that what we do is a calling, not merely a career.
"A Salute to Our Military Family" was a one-time event that required more than 1,000 volunteer hours in planning and execution. It was ah ambitious--and yes, expensive-undertaking. Replicating an event such as this on a smaller scale can be just as powerful and meaningful, however. The important part is to thank the people who helped protect the freedoms we enjoy to day. As Christian remarked, "I want all those who have fallen on the battlefields of our many wars to look down and say, 'Job well done, Deer Meadows family. Thank you.'"
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