November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. Today, thousands of veterans live in retirement communities and assisted living communities across North America, and they are being remembered by millions of people.
Brookdale Senior Living, one of the largest senior providers in North America, commemorated veterans by holding ceremonies at many of their locations.
At Chancellor Place Murietta, a Brookdale community in Murietta, California, residents went on a trip to the local war memorial, in addition to hosting veterans for a breakfast and their community. They also have a patriotic painting session today.
Another Brookdale community, Edina Park Plaza, located in Edina, Minnesota, residents will watch a special video about veterans, and then they will present a plaque to local war heroes.
For Sterling House Jacksonville, an assisted living community in Jacksonville, Florida, Veterans Day is a week-long affair. Some of their events include having a veteran’s biography read to residents each evening, patriotic sing-alongs, and a musical salute.
Bill Sheriff, CEO of Brookdale, said Veteran’s Day is an important day to recognize because of the sacrifices made by those in uniform.
“Whether they served in war or in peace, our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and Coast Guard have been the guarantors of our freedom,” he said.