When reflecting upon our lives there are certain memories that we will never forget.
“I was a refugee and I was a displaced person, and my country was occupied by Russians,” said Army Veteran Anita Barton. ” So I didn’t want to go back.”
Anita was in her 20’s when she fled Latvia, and traveled by herself to America.
“I couldn’t get a job as a civilian, because I worked in Germany with things that the army does. So that’s all I knew, so I enlisted.”
War can be frightening, so Anita tried to keep a positive attitude.
“It was a lot of fun just being in the service.”
Since she spoke fluent German the Army trusted her to work on classified projects.
She was one of the first women in the military to hold the position, and some of her main duties included making silk screen maps.
“I was able to get the job because I knew what I was doing.”
She spent two years in the service and doesn’t regret a day, and made the best of it and had fun.
Anita now spends her time at Springhill Village, painting, making jewelry and knitting socks.
“We are so very proud to have her apart of our Springhill Village family here,” said Social Service Director, Brittany Fuhrmeister. “Her along with several of our other residents we’re very very proud of and very very thankful for.”