22 vets hon­ored at nurs­ing homes in Fort Oglethorpe and Rossville

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Ta­mara Wolk Cor­re­spon­dent

On Nov. 8, lo­cal groups and in­di­vid­u­als, headed up by Caris Health­care, a hospice or­ga­ni­za­tion, vis­ited two nurs­ing homes to honor res­i­dent vet­er­ans, one of whom was 101 years old and had served in WWII.

Caris par­tic­i­pates in a pro­gram called “We Honor Vet­er­ans.” The pro­gram is de­signed to rec­og­nize and serve vet­er­ans in health­care in­sti­tu­tions.

For Vet­er­ans Day this year, Caris wanted to honor two men un­der their care and de­cided to ex­pand the ef­fort to honor all eight vet­er­ans at NHC Health­care in Rossville and all four­teen at NHC Health­care in Fort Oglethorpe.

Caris staff and 2nd Lt. Char­ity Gibson, an Air Force chap­lain can­di­date, vis­ited VFW Post 3679 to ask mem­bers to be a part of the cer­e­monies. “Sam Par­rish at the post re­ally got the men ex­cited about it,” says Gibson, “and helped us get to­gether a group to par­tic­i­pate.”

The ROTC Color Guards from Ridge­land High School and Lakeview-fort Oglethorpe High School were in­vited to do a pre­sen­ta­tion of the col­ors at the nurs­ing homes in their re­spec­tive towns, and Ridge­land ROTC stu­dents did a pin­ning of vet­er­ans at NHC Health­care in Rossville. LFO ROTC stu­dents were un­able to stay for the pin­ning cer­e­mony, but Caris staff, Viet­nam vet­eran Roger Helle, who spoke at both events, Sam Par­rish’s son, Richard Par­rish, and Ash­ley Duffy stepped in to do the hon­ors. Angie Burgess sang the Na­tional An­them at the cer­e­monies.

“It was very touch­ing,” says Caris Chap­lain Steven Allert. “Some of the men and women were tear­ful and some ex­cited. You could tell how much it meant to them.”

Larry Palmer and David Boyles of Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 95 con­ducted flag-fold­ing cer­e­monies for the cer­e­monies. Flags were do­nated by the state of Ge­or­gia, the Amer­i­can Le­gion and Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars.

“We’re proud of the team that pulled these events to­gether,” says Allert. “Our vet­er­ans de­serve to be hon­ored and we’re happy to make sure that those who can’t make it to pub­lic cer­e­monies are rec­og­nized, too.”

/ Adam Cook

Fort Oglethorpe City Man­ager Jen­nifer PayneSimp­kins dis­cusses the city’s zon­ing or­di­nances dur­ing the Nov. 12 Coun­cil meet­ing.

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