SAR Unit Honors Veterans at Gerry Nursing Home
For Veterans Day, Nov. 11, members of the Chautauqua County Chapter of the SAR Color Guard Unit made a presentation in honor of the veterans at Gerry Nursing Home and Kresge Hall, including Doug Arters, Jeff Crossley, Jim White and Barb White, all in colonial costume, with photos taken by Alba Arters.
The group was assisted by Amanda Pangborn and Celia Sumner, playing an interlude of violin music. A special prayer was given by Heritage Village Chaplain Dan Bender for the 47,000 homeless veterans, followed by brief comments by Greg Carlson, from the VA office.
At the Veterans Day presentation, a special prayer for veterans was given by Crossley. The group then provided information about their military and civilian service records, followed by a reading from Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis” by White.
Arters gave a reading of the poem “The Rising,” a tribute to Rev. Pete Muhlenberg’s dramatic entrance into the Revolutionary War, who served the cause of liberty as a colonel of the Virginia regiment; he had pastored a Lutheran Church and was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Arters then gave a brief review of the life of the late Col. Lewis Millett, commander of the US Army Security Agency in the 1960s to 1973, and winner of the Silver Medal and Medal-of-honor for his intrepid actions during the Korean Conflict.
Names of veterans, residents at the Gerry Nursing Home and at the upper campus, were called forth. The Veterans Day presentation concluded with a recitation of the pledge of the Sons of the American Revolution, and greeting the participants.