Veterans visit with fellow servicemen

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 04:28 PM

Morning festivities were all about veterans at Monroe Square Assisted Living Friday.

Around 10:30 a.m., the facility's veterans were recognized and a group of visiting veterans stopped by to greet them and say a few words.

"There's no better thing to do on Veterans Day," Jack Campbell, past post commander of Indian Trail's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2423, said in reference to recognizing the veterans.

Campbell along with James Crump, a World War II veteran also from the Indian Trail VFW post, C.W. Smith, an Army veteran, Jim Doc Pueschel, a Navy veteran, Wanda Levin, an Army veteran, Bob Griffin, who is the Union County coordinator for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program, and Richard Stone and Diniz Brum, who are Marine Corp veterans, visited Monroe Square Friday morning.

"It's beautiful, I enjoy meeting people, especially the elderly like I am, I know what they've been through," Crump said in reference to attending Friday's event.

He and the other visiting veterans spoke with various members of the facility as well as the veterans who were honored and thanked them for their service. They also spoke a little about themselves and their time serving the country. Afterwards they saluted all of the facility's veterans before leaving. Some even posed with residents and others at the center in front of a Deuce and a Half military truck one of the veterans brought with them as well as a motorcycle owned by Smith, who is a Patriot Guard Rider.

"It's a way to honor our veterans and it's near and dear to my heart. They (the senior veterans) paved the way for us," Levin said in reference to why she chose to attend Friday's event.

The Monroe Square veterans who were honored Friday morning were Larry Jordan, Bill Helms, Floyd Gordon, and Ralph Harris, who all served in the Army, Jim Bryant and Nancy Pagoota, who served in the Army Reserves, James English and Harry Gaddy, who both served in the Navy during World War II and Tommy Howett, a member of the Monroe Square Assisted Living staff who served in the Army.

"It was great, that was a great honor for them to come here and honor us like they did," Gordon said.

In addition to visiting Monroe Square Friday, he and other veterans had plans to visit a few local schools and other locations throughout the day to continue honoring local veterans and educating young people about the work veterans have done for their country, Campbell said.