Vet­er­ans hon­ored in Lodi this week­end

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Wes Bow­ers NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

LODI — Two lo­cal events are sched­uled for Vet­er­ans Day this week­end hon­or­ing those who served, and the com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Bal­ance As­sisted Liv­ing will host its first event to honor vet­er­ans to­day at 10 a.m. at 1321 S. Fair­mont Ave.

Che­lease Adams said she had co­or­di­nated cer­e­monies at prior as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties in which she has worked, and wanted to hold one at Bal­ance.

“Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 803 (from Stock­ton) will be com­ing here to do a cer­e­mony for our res­i­dents who served in the mil­i­tary,” she said, adding there are nine cur­rently liv­ing at Bal­ance.

The cer­e­mony, she said, will in­clude the set­ting of the Miss­ing Man ta­ble to honor and re­mem­ber pris­on­ers of war or those miss­ing in ac­tion.

The ta­ble is typ­i­cally set for six empty chairs, ac­cord­ing to

www.pow-mi­afam­i­lies.org, which rep­re­sent Amer­i­cans miss­ing from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The nine vet­eran res­i­dents of the fa­cil­ity will re­ceive cer­tifi­cates of grat­i­tude from mem­bers of Post 803, Adams said.

“Post 803 does a re­ally good job,” she said. “I’m ex­cited for our res­i­dents.”

On Vet­er­ans Day, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 22 will host a pro­gram at 11 a.m. fea­tur­ing per­for­mances from the Lodi Com­mu­nity Band and the Seventh Day Ad­ven­tist Church Choir.

Lo­cal Boy Scouts will es­cort guests into the Le­gion Hall, lo­cated at 320 N. Wash­ing­ton St., and lo­cal Girl Scouts will lead the “Pledge of Al­le­giance.”

“It’s go­ing to be a full day’s event,” Post Com­man­der Randy Ben­der said. “We’re go­ing to have pa­tri­otic songs, and hand-writ­ten thank you notes from the Girl Scouts for all our vet­er­ans. (The Girl Scouts) take pride in hand­ing those out to our vet­er­ans.”

Ben­der said it is un­known how many vet­er­ans will at­tend Mon­day’s cer­e­mony, but all who will be there are guar­an­teed a thank you note.

A Miss­ing Man cer­e­mony will also be pre­sented by vet­eran Ken Kram­lich of Post 22.

A key­note ad­dress will also be given by Navy vet­eran Randy Ren­fro.

Miller’s Hot Dogs will pro­vide food, and A&W will pro­vide root beer, he said.

“It’s al­ways an honor for us ev­ery year to do this,” Ben­der said.

“It gets big­ger ev­ery year, and any­body can come out and join us.”

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL FILE PHO­TO­GRAPH

Viet­nam vet­eran Steve Rosin re­ceives a card from Bella Steed dur­ing the Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 22 in Lodi on Nov. 10, 2017.

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