Veterans living at the Twin Maples Health Care Facility in Durham were celebrated Wednesday, May 15 with a breakfast, flag folding ceremony and a visit from the American Disabled War Veterans Foundation.
The event was planned in conjunction with National Skilled Nursing Care week and fit into Twin Maples’ theme this year of “living soulfully.”
“We thought about all the things that have meaning to us and what fulfills our soul and one of the things that's most meaningful to us is our veterans ... and honoring them was important,” facility administrator Amy Bentley said.
State Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, Morty Pear, and members of the American Disabled War Veterans Foundation led the flag folding ceremony, explaining the meaning of each fold as they went.
First Selectman Laura Francis also attended.
Administrators said the veterans were emotional, even tearful, getting to speak with other servicemen.
“Some of the residents that you don't often see a lot of emotion on them, you could just see the smile from ear to ear just to have their fellow veterans here. They were truly honored,” said Bentley.
Of the facility’s 44 resident patients, eight are veterans, a higher-than-usual number according to Recreation Director Amy Krasnicki.
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