ABOUT THIS SERIES:
With Veterans Day on Monday, this three-part series tells the lives of residents at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg. Learn more about the series on
Patriots Colony in Williamsburg is home to men and women who have seen history unfold before their eyes. Retired military officers and former diplomats live on its peaceful, scenic campus. Stories abound here.
A few years ago, after a Daily Press reporter spoke at a Veterans Day ceremony about the value of oral history, a group of residents took it upon themselves to record stories of their neighbors and friends. Armed with equipment that came courtesy of the College of William and Mary, they have convinced dozens of people to come forward and record their experiences on CDs. Jim and Tuy-Cam Bullington’s case is somewhat different: They had already spoken about their time during the Tet Offensive as part of the Witness to War Foundation.
However, the richness of their story adds to the value of the oral histories being compiled here. The stories are meant for family members, who can pass them down to future generations.
Patriots Colony is sponsored by Riverside Health System. Its independent living is exclusive to former military officers and federal civil service employees, GS-7 and above, and their spouses or widow(er)s. Other care options include respite, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, which are open to all, no career eligibility required.