On August 30th, The Kensington Falls Church dedicated our new “Veterans Wall” on the second floor. We designated this wall in honor to the residents of The Kensington community who have served in the US armed forces. The frames contain photographs and biographies of residents including their designated branch of service. As a hallmark and centerpieces to the Veterans Wall is a United States Liberty Flag that was flown over the Capitol, the day of the Kensington’s grand opening!
The morning of our Veterans Wall dedication began with a traditional Early American fife and drum ensemble, outfitted in period uniform. They marched from near the Library towards the Café and Dining room where the assembled honorees and guests were seated. That sight was followed by a parade of a ceremonial honor guard and the Presentation of the Colors.
The salute to our flag was presided over by Kim Patrick. Our Memory Care Director, Patty Hagen, read the names of our veterans and then Executive Director, Amy Feather, introduced our guest of honor, Lieutenant General John T. Sheridan, (Air Force, retired) who gave a very powerful speech.
After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed traditional American picnic fare in our main dining room and the Piazza. It was a moving and memorable day for all, both participants and spectators.
A tremendous amount of preparation went into the impressive event, spearheaded by family member extraordinaire, Kim Patrick (featured second to the left). Kim is the daughter of our beloved Mr. Harold P., who was one of the first residents, along with Louise W., to move into our community on February 7th.
Please take some time to visit the Veterans Wall – just beyond Genesis Rehabilitation on the second floor – and learn about our wonderful veterans. It is our distinct honor to have them among us.