After discovering that many of the veterans living in nursing homes never get to enjoy the celebrations of Veteran’s Day or be recognized, we decided to let them know that they are not forgotten and are special also.
Friends for Life partnered with the We Care Team of Dyess AFB and the LSF Foundation to plan a recognition ceremony for the veterans at Care Inn of Abilene Nursing Home. There were twelve gentlemen living there that had served in the armed services and they were placed at the front of the activity room during the event. The ceremony began with an opening prayer and the residents, staff and special guests all said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang America, The Beautiful.
Two officers of the Dyess We Care Team made the presentation of “Not Forgotten Coins”, specially designed by the LSF Foundation, which were encased in medallions to each recipient. Also, certificates of appreciation were given to them and signed by Colonel David Been, Commander of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB. Colonel Been addressed the group and expressed his personal appreciation for the veterans’ service in the military of the United States of America. He expressed to them, “Because of you, my children are free today.” He also brought fifteen other officers with him to share in the festivities and congratulate the recipients.
The ceremony ended with everyone singing “God, Bless America”. It was a very emotional event and the veterans were so proud of their awards. Most of them continue to wear the medallions or display them in their rooms.
Friends for Life believes making people feel special gives them joy and enhances their quality of life. Plans are to make these presentations to all of the nursing homes we work with in the near future. If you would like to volunteer please contact Della at 254-772-8100 x 110.