On November 11 the nation celebrates and honors those who served in the U.S. military. Veterans day was first observed under the name Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of World War I. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day in order to honor veterans of all American wars. It is a day where we as a nation remember those who have died fighting as well as those who survived.
As a senior living community, we are grateful for the opportunity to learn from our veterans and recognize their contributions to our country’s history. We are proud to say that all branches of the armed forces are represented here at Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and the Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living Community.
The patriotism of our residents is truly inspiring. Even those who did not serve were able to show their support as we recognized our veterans in a variety of ways. A local elementary school made posters and cards for our residents, and they looked wonderful displayed throughout the residents’ rooms and common areas. Our veteran liaison, Andrew, visited veterans’ rooms and personally thanked them for their service. We also hosted a popcorn and root beer float social in the sun room where the residents played trivia and read the poem “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae. We appreciate everyone who helped make this day so special for our veterans.
We thank all of our residents who answered the call to serve, and for making Rockingham County Rehabilitation, Nursing Center, and Assisted Living such a vibrant community.