It was a privilege to honor veterans during our annual Veterans Day ceremony. After personally greeting each present veteran, Staff Sergeant Daniel Hudson and Staff Sergeant Dwayne Soblosky began the event with a flag folding ceremony indoors. Director of Life Enrichment Danielle Paluscsak narrated this to explain the meaning of each of the folds.
Following this preparation, they processed outside to our front lawn. Garfield Heights City School students processed with flags from each of the service branches and stood by as the flag was raised and lowered to half staff. Local Amvets Post 80 Honor Guard fired a gun salute and played Taps to honor those who lost their lives.
Returning inside, veterans recited the pledge of allegiance and sang our National Anthem. Jennings’ Chief Mission Leader Sister Valerie Sweeney recited the Presidential proclamation for Veterans Day 2019. Our student friends each thanked the veterans with beautifully written personal tributes. We read aloud the names of each veteran in the Jennings family; Jennings staff and Jennings Hospice staff thanked each veteran personally and pinned them with a U.S. flag lapel pin. We served a delicious luncheon to veterans, while reserving our honorary POW/MIA table, also called the Fallen Comrade Table, in memory of the fallen.
Thank you to all veterans for your service. We appreciate you, and it was an honor to celebrate you today.
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