WARREN - With veterans receiving recognition Monday with parades, memorial services and meals throughout the community, the veterans of Community Skilled Health Care Center received a surprise with the dedication of a Veterans Wall inside their own building.
The ''Our Heroes'' wall in the main hallway of the nursing home contains the pictures of 22 veterans who are residents of the center, as well as other military and veteran honors and plaques.
Activities Director Tracey Spade said the idea for the wall came from veteran John Angelo.
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Community Skilled Care Center administrator Roger Reynolds, left, hands out gift bags to veterans at the nursing home. Receiving his bag is Roy Seibert.
''He suggested the idea of honoring the veterans, and the staff put it together,'' she said.
Bob Jones, a veteran of the Navy Air Corps who was guest speaker, said there were many events held Monday for Veterans Day by cities, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts which were all important, but this is an extra special one.
''To all the veterans, we thank you for your service, and to Community Health Care, we thank you for this wall,'' he said.
Jones said veterans through their service during times of war have guaranteed so many freedoms enjoyed by many people today.
Resident Robert Kale, a Merchant Marine, was among the first to see the new wall.
''It is a nice addition. The veterans appreciate it,'' he said.
Spade said each veteran was also presented a bag of items ''as a small token of our appreciation'' for their service.
New administrator Roger Reynolds met with each veteran and helped with the distribution of the gift bags.