The Villas of Holly-Brook in Marshall have been taking part in assisted living week for years, this time around the community decided to bring in a special ceremony for veterans.
“We wanted to do something different to kick off assisted living week and to honor our veterans. That’s really important to me because my father was a marine and a lot of our residents and community are veterans.” says Crystal Myers, Villas of Holly Brook.
The senior living community honored veterans by calling in the Black Tiger Honor Guard, who performed traditions of U.S. military and honored those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“We go around doing anything from funerals to general ceremonies like we did today, honoring veterans and those who made the final call.” said James Culp, Black Tiger Honor Guard.
The ceremony included building a battlefield cross which made some veterans emotional, such as Richard Cline, who served the United States Air Force.
“It makes me more proud of the Air Force because I remember everything they went through as a unit up there.” says Richard Cline, United States Air Force veteran.
It’s this emotion that lets staff know they made an impact. “This is the best job that I’ve ever had. Just to see a smile on their face.” said Crystal Myers.
The Black Tigers are proud to be able to bring this ceremony to veterans. “We’re there for the veterans, for the Gold Star families, and any time we’re called, we come.” says James Culp.
The Villas of Holly Brook will continue to host events for their residents throughout the week.