Celebration of Fairview Park Veterans
The Fairview Park Senior Center celebrated its first annual Veterans Day Hero Celebration in November. The program began with the American Legion Post #738 Color Guard of Fairview Park. All joined in the singing of the National Anthem led by Alyssa Gruttadauria. Mayor Eileen Ann Patton offered a moving personal view of what Veterans Day means to her in her opening remarks. Rev. Dan Sewell of New Hope Church offered an inspiring invocation.
The pinning ceremony began with a poetry reading by Gary Walker of the Hospice of the Western Reserve, “What Is A Veteran”. Each of the 36 veterans in attendance were individually acknowledged and pinned during a very patriotic ceremony. Also in attendance were 12 widows of veterans, including Harriet Beekman, “We Do Care” Chairman and the “mother of our troops”. A special wreath laying ceremony followed, presented by senior Gil Bachna.
With the help of our pianist, Maureen Moskalski, and drummer, Don Kenzig, the room was filled with patriotic music and song. A luncheon followed the ceremony. In all, 85 persons were in attendance.
Regina Sillasen is the Director of the Fairview Park Senior Life Office.