Long Term Care Communities Celebrate Veterans

November 12, 2021

This week, long term care communities, staff and residents are coming together to honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. 

For many assisted living communities and nursing homes, this Veterans Day marks the first time in two years that communities are able to come together to celebrate these heroes – and they are making the most of the holiday with parades, cards and more.

Handmade cards for heroes

Deanna Hartenberg, a resident at Bickford of Rockford Assisted Living, teamed up with her fellow residents to create handmade cards for veterans in their community. “For nothing else, it’s for the veteran I had,” Hartenberg said. “He was very special to me and that’s perhaps how I got the veterans in my head.” Read the full story here → 

A vet celebrates a special birthday

World War II veteran Armand Vendetti celebrated his 101st birthday this week with his peers at Vitalia senior living community. His secret to longevity? Eliminating stress, staying healthy, being respectful of others, and caring for family. “It’s just wonderful to be alive and I feel well. I can’t complain.” Read the full story here → 

Knocking it out of the ballpark

Sims Nursing Home veterans enjoyed a homecoming parade, opening ceremony, and a stellar game of baseball as part of the 10th annual Miracle League Veterans Game Event. Players included World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans – and according to coordinator Dave Johnson, they were competitive: “They talk a lot of smack back at the Sims about how they’re really going to hit one out of the park. This is their dream; we make them feel young again.” Read the full story here → 

Two reasons to celebrate

Arnold Compas, a World War II and Korean War veteran, turns 100 years old on Veterans Day – and the square dance-loving, shuffleboard-playing centenarian only had one thing to say about it: “I guess it’s kind of unusual.” Read his full story here → 

A parade makes a triumphant return

After a two year hiatus, Piatt County Nursing Home veterans will appear in the annual Veterans Day parade – and participants are looking forward to returning. “We usually have a pretty good turnout,” says parade Chairman Charlie Barre. Read the full story here →