Veterans Day

In observance of Veterans Day, Jennings is honored to celebrate veterans. We are forever grateful to veterans for their service to our country, and today we honored veterans with a flag raising ceremony, followed by a gratitude pinning ceremony and luncheon for veterans who live, work, volunteer or receive services at Jennings. 

Our celebration began with a public flag ceremony. We are grateful to Sergeant Daniel Hudson and Staff Sergeant Dwayne Soblosky, who conducted this formal ceremony as Life Enrichment Director Danielle Paluscsak narrated the meaning of each fold.

Following the indoor commemoration, we processed outdoors for the flag raising ceremony. Students from Garfield Heights City Schools proudly carried flags representing each of the military branches, as Sergeant Daniel Hudson and Staff Sergeant Dwayne Soblosky raised the flag for us. As they lowered the flag to half-staff, the Honor Guard members played taps and gave a gun salute to honor fallen soldiers.

Once inside, veterans recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem with guests and staff members. Sister Valerie Sweeney read the Presidential Proclamation which traditionally commemorates Veterans Day, followed by Executive Chef Michael Mills, who lead us in an original prayer before lunch.

The students honored veterans with their prepared essays and they thanked veterans with these personal messages that explained what it means to appreciate veterans. Life Enrichment Director Danielle Paluscsak read each veteran’s name, while members of the Jennings Hospice staff personally thanked each veteran and pinned him/her with a flag lapel pin.

After all the veterans were recognized, they were treated to a special luncheon in their honor. They enjoyed a delicious hearty lunch prepared by Chef Michael and the culinary services team. Visit our Facebook page for additional highlights of today’s celebration.

Thank you, Veterans!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

in News

Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country, for your courage and honor in defending freedom. Today it was our privilege to honor Veterans who live, work, volunteer or receive services on the Jennings campus with a celebration (click here for video highlights).
We gathered first in our lobby and on our front porch for the flag inspection and folding, followed by a flag raising ceremony. Veterans then gathered in our auditorium for a program in their honor, which included reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the Star Spangled Banner, showing gratitude for military service, a pinning ceremony for each veteran, and a delicious lunch.

The Jennings family is grateful to the U.S. Army Reserve for attending and providing the ceremony, especially Sergeant Daniel Hudson, Staff Sergeant Dwayne Soblosky and Lt. Dan Cartwright. We are also grateful to our friends at Hospice of the Western Reserve for their partnership in this day and performing the pinning ceremony.

— at Jennings Center for Older Adults.