2nd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

On Friday, November 10th, The Watermark at Trinity hosted its 2nd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Last year there were 16 veterans living in the community and this year there are 28 living here, plus 3 employees! The ceremony began with the talented J.W. Mitchell High School Navy JROTC presenting the flag. Everyone commented how flawless they were! Next, the Community Life Director, Christina, dressed in her WWII Bomber Girl attire held Roll Call and announced each of the 31 Veterans by branch and rank. The Watermark at Trinity was honored to welcome back guest speaker, Master Sergeant (Ret.-USAF) Scott Hood. He gave a compelling and well-worded address to the crowd thanking veterans for their service as well as the family members of those serving!

Following the address, Christina was accompanied by Community Life Assistant, Shelbey as they performed the POW/MIA Ceremony. Each year Christina performs the Missing Man Ceremony because so often she is told that people have never seen the ceremony nor experienced something so emotional. The Executive Director, Aileen led the crowd in a reading of “In Flanders Fields” before rounding out the ceremony and heading into a Veterans Day Happy Hour. Before the Happy Hour began, Christina had one more surprise for everyone. Christina announced the arrival of the Santa Claus Drill Team! This is a group of veterans that also look like Santa Claus. They are all volunteers whose primary mission is to honor American Heroes wherever and whenever patriotic Americans may gather. They have performed during Honor Flight at Home parties and Welcome Home Celebrations.

The Watermark at Trinity wants to send a very big thank you to the J.W. Mitchell High School Navy JROTC and especially their instructor, Commander Okun. The Watermark at Trinity also wants to thank Scott and all of the members of the Santa Claus Drill Team for supporting our Veterans on such a special day! To all of the Veterans in the community and to all of their family members, your community is truly appreciative of your service and dedication to our country! Thank you for your hard work and sacrifices so we may enjoy our freedom!

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