Buckner Parkway Place unveiled its Veterans Memorial Wall inside the senior living community during a small, socially distanced crowd of senior adults. Featuring resident and employee military veterans, the ceremony was streamed throughout the community on the Parkway Place TV channel.
The Parkway Place Veterans Memorial Wall currently features service photos of 30 residents with space to add more.
“Holding a ceremony to honor our servicemen and women on Veteran’s Day is one of our most important and anticipated events of the year,” said Abraham Mathew, executive director at Parkway Place. “The idea for the wall came to us as a way to amplify our gratitude to 365 days a year.”
The unveiling ceremony included welcoming words from Parkway Place chef Derone Martin, U.S. Navy MS3 (ss) mess specialist submarine safe third class petty officer; the Pledge of Allegiance by resident Ruger Winchester, U.S. Air Force colonel; “The Star Spangled Banner” by social worker Ellis Bardin, U.S. Coast Guard E-6 gunner’s mate 1st Class; and speeches by residents Dan Tennant, U.S. Army sergeant and U.S. Air Force first lieutenant, and Tom Burke, U.S. Navy aviation ordinanceman.
Centers for Disease Control guidelines were enforced throughout the ceremony, including temperature screening, social distancing and use of PPE. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkway Place employees and residents have been vigilant in following the policies and procedures implemented by Buckner to mitigate risks of transmission.