McLean Health Center in Simsbury celebrates Veteran’s Day for many more days than November 11th. The celebrations actually run all month with posters in the lobby with the names of all Veterans who live in the Robinson Assisted Living and in the Skilled Nursing Centers. Many of the Veterans provide photos of themselves in uniform to be posted. Groups gather around the posters all month discussing their service to our country.
Veterans Day begins with a special luncheon for the Veterans. Four tables in the Pfirman Restaurant were decorated with red, white and blue floral arrangements and flags. Miriam Trimble and Virginia Gailus both served as nurses in World War II. Miriam served all over the Pacific Front and Virginia served in Europe and was a career Army nurse for 47 years. Marion Jacobs served stateside during WWII. All three wore red, white and blue in honor of all veterans they said. Ed Lachmayer and David Kelly enjoyed their Veteran’s Day luncheon at McLean and spoke of their service during Korea The ceremonies continued in the afternoon in the great room with a concert by Larry Batter of patriotic music and musical favorites of the Greatest Generation, such as Bugle Boy of Company B and more contemporary songs such as Tie a Yellow Ribbon. Robert Bourque served in the Army Corp. of Engineers and proudly sang strongly from the balcony while others sitting around the fireplace joined him. The songs of the services were the ones that got the crowd really singing and clapping. Batter asked the Army nurses if they had their own song. They responded “we are Army!” David Kelly suddenly stood in honor as the Navy song was sung. A stirring new element of the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremonies was a surprise. Nancy Fellinger volunteered to come to McLean and play a few of the songs she had played on her bagpipes at Eno Hall earlier in the day to conclude the McLean ceremonies.