How We Honor Our Resident Veterans
At Benchmark, we’re privileged to care for numbers of men and women who’ve answered the call to serve and protect our country. To honor them, nearly all our communities proudly create and maintain displays of photos and artifacts honoring these brave individuals. Some even hold monthly and/or annual events to express gratitude and recognize their veteran residents’ service and sacrifice. Here’s a glimpse at how some of our communities are honoring these special individuals.
“Our ‘Wall of Heros’ is important to our residents,” says Program Director Daniella Tartakovsky. “It represents who they are, what they have done for us and our future.”
Ridgefield Crossings in Ridgefield, Conn., pays tribute to its 32 veterans with a “Wall of Honor.” Here’s how it makes these residents feel:
Allen Kelley: “It means a lot of things: It both brings back memories of people and events, and it also brings back a challenge because the country needs people to be willing to give for them and the country for its sake and our people. It’s a challenge for the future as well as remembering the past.”
Joe Barnell: “[It represents] what thousands of guys did because of the world situation, and we are buddies because of it. It brings us together.”
Murray Serether: “I appreciate when we celebrate and respect the flag.”
Arthur Rubinstein: “When I look at the wall, it takes me back to my years in the Army.”
Three women who served as nurses are among the 17 veterans living with us at The Village of South Farms in Middleton, Conn.
“We partnered with VITAS Hospice and our plant ops crew to create our veterans display,” says Programming Director Julie Deak. “When a veteran joins our community, we add his or her name to the plaque.”
“Our 23 veterans greatly appreciate our Veterans Wall,” says Programming Director Jennifer Petrarca. “They feel respected and honored to have their pictures on our wall, and they also love the attention they get for their pictures.”
Plymouth Crossings in Plymouth, Mass., honors its veterans with a special Veterans Day Luncheon. Programming Director Jane Bongiovanni is proud to honor the community’s 17 veterans, including one, John Ullathorne, who served in the British Royal Navy, and Ronald Juliani, who was recognized in September by the Republic of Korea for his “brave service and sacrifice during the Korean War.”
After months of remodeling, River Ridge in Avon, Conn., is holding a Veterans Day event to reintroduce its “Wall of Honor” and introduce new resident veterans.