Memorable Marking of Veterans Day

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Willows at Worcester hosts veteran lunch

william-harris-and-luis-torresOn Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, Sales Counselor at The Willows at Westborough Sherry Morin welcomed over 100 veterans, service members, guests and Whitney Suites and The Willows at Westborough Residents to a luncheon and ceremony honoring US veterans and service members. Whitney Suites and The Willows at Westborough are part of SALMON Health and Retirement.

Representative Danielle Gregoire greeted guests at the door and Senator Jamie Eldridge and Representative Hannah Kane opened the ceremony by issuing proclamations of gratitude and praise for those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Their remarks were followed by an address from Director of Veterans’ Services for Central Massachusetts Veterans’ Services District Adam Costello, whose comments included humorous recollections from his basic training experience as he and his fellow new recruits began to bond with each other.

Following Mr. Costello’s speech, Willows at Westborough Resident Jim Nolan played an armed forces medley ­on the piano, and service members and veterans were invited to stand to be recognized as their branch’s song was played.

Executive Director at The Willows Ben Colonero and SALMON’s Director of Network Development Andrew Salmon presented certificates of appreciation to over 50 Whitney Suites and Willows Residents who are service members or veterans, or to those who are spouses of service members or veterans.

Said Ms. Morin, “The service members we honor today have come from all walks of life, but they share several fundamental qualities: they possess courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity—all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self.”

The event was filmed by Grafton Community Television.