(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Veterans at Lakeside Nursing Center were honored on Friday afternoon with a reception and ceremony.
All branches of the military including Army, Marine, Air Force and Navy, were represented by the seven resident veterans at Lakeside. Veterans are Jerry Hunt, 67, John Greer, 86, J.W. Nance, 80, (served in the U.S. Army); Harold Mundt, 85, and Luther Clinton, 80, (both served in the Marines); Murrell Nance, 90, (served in the Air Force); and William Johnson, 85, (served in the Navy).
The veterans were presented with tee-shirts monogrammed with their names and the branches of military they served. They were also presented with American Flag pins and red, white and blue balloons.
The guest speaker was Edward Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler is a minister and maintenance supervisor at Lakeside Nursing Center.
"I was honored to be asked to be the speaker," Wheeler said.
Wheeler thanked the veterans for their service to their country.
"Veterans made sacrifices for our country," Wheeler said. "Jesus made a sacrifice for all of us. These veterans put their lives on the line. I am thankful to them and thankful for Jesus for giving his life. It is up to us to uphold our veterans. You are one of a kind. God loves you and we love you."
J.W. Nance was in the hospital and unable to attend the ceremony. Red, white and blue balloons were delivered to him at the hospital. John Greer and Luther Clinton were not able to attend the ceremony and balloons were delivered to their rooms.
Veterans and guests enjoyed a cake decorated for Veteran's Day and punch served by the staff. The veterans shared memories of the time they served.
Kathy Stout, activity director, welcomed guests and offered her appreciation to the veterans.
Staff members took time to express their appreciation to each veteran.