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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.

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