This Veterans Day, our Benchmark communities will celebrate the hundreds of courageous veterans who live with us and work among us. We’ll honor them with ceremonies and invite active members of the military to come and visit them. And we’ll add even more names and photos to our Walls of Honor, where neighbors, families and associates can acknowledge year-round the brave service of residents who served in the U.S. military.
We feel blessed that so many veterans have chosen to live in Benchmark communities – individuals like World War II veterans Tony Zukas and Frank Korycki, and Korean War veteran Sharon Joy Workman. Truly, they honor us with their trust.
We also like showing how grateful we are for those currently serving. Residents and associates in our communities are participating in Operation Gratitude to send care packages and thank-you notes to active military personnel around the world. They are there for us, and we want to be here for them!
Our Veterans Fought to Protect Us and Ensure Freedom
Although our oldest veteran residents served in World War II, Korea or the Vietnam War, their fathers and mothers could have served in “The Great War,” which ended 100 years ago. People felt that World War I, as horrific as it was, would “end all wars.” Unfortunately, it didn’t.
Many may be unaware that, as far back as the American Revolution, the men and women who have fought for our country represent nearly every religion and cultural population on earth. All those who have served in the past and serve today – to keep us safe, to protect the freedom-for-all first conceived by our Founding Fathers –demonstrate that not only are we all Americans, but we are also Better Together.
Despite the challenges, divisions and imperfections of democracy, our nation’s gratitude for veterans should know no bounds. Let’s be sure that, today and every day, we find a way to say thank you – to all who’ve gone before and all who will serve in the future.