The Sound of Freedom—From Sea to Shining Sea
Veterans Day 2018 was a memorable one for seniors from coast to coast with a number of moving ceremonies and tributes.
Through the efforts of the Association of Jewish Services (AJAS), 47 Jewish War Veterans from AJAS communities participated in honoring veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. As taps played, several Jewish War Veterans placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In Los Angeles, at precisely 11:11 a.m. on 11/11/18, Veteran’s Day, the shofar was blown and bells were rung at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in a ceremony to honor veterans and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. In conjunction with the AJAS community, Los Angeles Jewish Home residents were on hand to present a wreath from the Home in honor of all fallen soldiers.
Both Jewish Home campuses in Reseda also held special events in honor of veterans on Monday, November 12th. The Grancell Village Campus celebration featured music and poetry. Rabbi Karen Bender thanked the veterans in the audience for their service and presented each with a certificate of appreciation. Residents, whose military service stretched from Israel to England to the United States, waved flags, sang songs, and showed their patriotic spirit.
On the Eisenberg Village campus, the program opened with the pledge of allegiance and singing of the "Star Spangled Banner." Several residents then participated in meaningful and moving dramatic readings. The veterans in the audience were asked to stand and be recognized prior to concluding the program with a rousing rendition of "God Bless America."
It was indeed a fitting tribute to those who have served our country.