Veterans honored at Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina
MEDINA – Twenty-three residents of Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina were honored this morning with a special service paying tribute to veterans.
The annual Veterans Day observance was arranged by Activities Director Jamie Murphy, who created a Wall of Honor, listing the name and branch of service of the facility’s 23 veterans. Those who served represent the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
The veterans were moved outside where an Honor Guard from the local American Legion and VFWs in Medina and Albion presented a three-gun salute. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer by David Kusmierczak, a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Auxiliaries from Medina’s American Legion and VFW made patriotic favors for each veteran, and Tops donated donuts.
Bob Hale, formerly of Elba, president of the nursing facility’s Residents’ Council, served as a weapons specialist in the U.S. Navy. He said he looks forward to this observance every Veterans Day.
The rehab and nursing facility also has a large sign made by Greg Stanton of Medina about 13 years ago, where the names of all deceased resident veterans are engraved.