Life Care Center of Raynham, Massachusetts, honored local veterans with brunch and a flag retirement ceremony on Nov. 11, 2015.
Preparation began weeks in advance, and Jim Davis, Air Force retiree and maintenance director, was at the forefront of the planning process. Because of his familiarity with military protocol, he was designated as the emcee.
More than 200 individuals attended the celebration, including residents’ family members, community guests and Raynham Boy Scout Troop 43.
The day began with Davis welcoming guests and announcing the order of the program. After introductions, guests and residents enjoyed an a la carte brunch prepared by the facility’s dietary team. Resident veterans were distinguished with red, white and blue lapel ribbons and special name tags. Veterans from the community were also given ribbons to wear.
Guest speakers included Frank Tosti, Army veteran and regular volunteer at the facility, and fellow Army veteran Derek DeCosta.
During brunch, Tosti acknowledged veterans from each branch of the military, asking them to stand when their service motto was read.
When guests and residents finished brunch, they convened outside the building’s entrance for the flag retirement ceremony. Troop 43 lowered and properly folded the facility’s American flag, which was presented to 100-year-old William Lester Holt, a resident at the facility.
Holt served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in Pearl Harbor. Holt expressed gratitude in the form of a speech which was transcribed and presented to his family as a memento.
In honor of the men and women currently serving in the military, as well as those who have lost their lives in the call of duty, the ceremony concluded with a call to silence, followed by a beautiful rendition of taps and a special benediction recited by Rev. Jo-Ann Carol.
Associates’ team efforts to make the holiday a special occasion were noticed by all who attended the event.
“We’ve received so many compliments about the ceremony,” said Davis. “Both the residents and members of our community really enjoyed honoring those who have served our country.”