Here at The Watermark, we had full days of programs for our Veterans Day celebration this year!
On November 9th, we had our Veterans Day Commemorative Program and Veterans Day Networking Social sponsored by Senior Directory and Compassus Hospice. During the Commemorative Program, each veteran at The Watermark were mentioned by their name and where they served, and they each received medals to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. During the program, we showed the recordings of The Watermark veterans who told us briefly about their experiences they had in the military service and what life lessons they have learned from the service.
On Veterans Day, November 11th, we had students from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints help us decorate the auditorium, have interviews with our veterans, and performed a variety show “Sing Out for America” and Inter-Generational sing-a-long. The stories the students learned from the morning interview were shared during the afternoon performance to honor those that have served. They celebrated the joy of making music with talented youth as they lead us in an afternoon of song and skit. In a setting adorned with red, white and blue, students sang patriotic songs with live piano accompaniment and shared stories of Watermark Veterans and Military Spouses during a Variety Show style program that was sure to entertain! It was a such a cute show and the residents seemed to enjoy it.
That evening, we completed our Veterans Day Celebration with a Stars and Stripes U.S.O.”G.I. Jive” Party! We experienced a truly authentic 1940’s U.S.O. Show reenactment with our decorated auditorium and favorite 40’s music performed by beautiful singer, Kristin Coryell. Some residents dressed in military or vintage dress attire for an evening of 1940’s fun. Jessica and Saori became Army & Marines too! Delicious appetizers and drinks were be served, and the residents definitely enjoyed singing along, dancing, and swinging the night away!
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