Representatives from Warwick’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4662 and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary recently joined Schervier Pavilion residents, families and staff to help celebrate Veterans Day. It was a special event for the residents who proudly served in all branches of military service, many as far back as World War II.
The program began with a special prayer for veterans, read by Schervier Pavilion Recreation Director Kari Call and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. That was followed by a recording of God Bless America, performed by Kate Smith, who was best known for her rendition of that song.
Call thanked all the veterans for their service and welcomed the visiting members of the local VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary. She then read all the names of residents and staff who had served in the military from World War II to recent times and gave a brief description of their service before presenting each resident veteran with a Certificate of Appreciation.
They included World War II veteran Genevieve Caughtry, who served as an Army nurse in Okinawa and another resident, George Doyle, who served five years in the Navy and is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.
During the celebration members of the VFW also presented the veterans with hand knit poppies that had been shipped to Warwick from Warwickshire, England, in honor of the joint communities’ 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended hostilities during World War I. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary also presented flowers.
At the close of the Veteran’s Day celebration everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments and members of the VFW had an opportunity to swap military stories with the resident veterans.