Livingston Thanks Veterans
November 11, 2016 - Treacy Villa
Honoring Veterans and Veterans’ Wives at Treacy Villa
There were a few tears, but mostly smiles as Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association honored Veterans and Veterans’ Spouses at Treacy Villa on Veterans’ Day. Kathleen Kennedy wiped a tear as she watched her mother, Cecilia O’Flynn being pinned. “I didn’t think it would be so emotional!” A veteran’s wife wept as she was handed a certificate by Mike McManus, Ventura County Veterans’ Services Officer, and pinned with a flag by Livingston Chaplain Diane White.
Mr. Patrick Treacy, owner of Treacy Villa, served in the U. S. Army. He was delighted to have the residents honored by such a touching ceremony. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was wonderful!”
July 5, 2016 - Veterans Home of Ventura
Livingston honors residents at the Veterans Home of Ventura
On July 5, 2016, twenty-five men and six women were honored at the Veterans’ Home of California, Ventura. The ceremony was conducted by Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (LMVNA) as part of their “We Honor Veterans” program. Veterans from four wars were represented at the event.
November 11, 2015
Twenty Veterans spanning four wars, from World War II to the War in Iraq were honored in a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony at Aegis of Ventura on Veterans’ Day. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (LMVNA), featuring Dr. Lanyard Dial, President/CEO and Medical Director of LMVNA performed the ceremony.
The observance began with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the Star Spangled Banner. Dinah Davis said a few words about how grateful she is to those who sacrificially served their country. She grew up as an “Army brat” and most members of her very large family have served, including her two eldest twin sons who are currently serving in the Air Force.
Dr. Dial gave a short, but moving talk about the bravery and self-sacrifice of the Veterans, and recognized the widows and wives of Veterans who also sacrificed to preserve the freedom of the United States. He read out their names and branches of service, and then walked over to where each Veteran sat, shook their hands, thanked them, and gave them a certificate of appreciation. They were then pinned with a flag on their lapel by Hospice Director, Mandy Furlong. Some family members accepted the honor of pinning their special Veteran themselves. Widows and wives were presented with a rose.
Glenn Goss was moved to tears and declared, “I never expected anything like this! This is so wonderful!” He was in the battle of Normandy, where he saw many of his fellow soldiers die. He was not the only one who wept in gratitude. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Honoring Veteran Residents at the Bonaventure – March, 2015
On March 31st, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association partnered with Mike McManus who represented the County of Ventura Veteran Services Office to honor Veteran residents at The Bonaventure Senior Living in Ventura. In addition, there were 5 Purple Heart recipients, who do not live there, but were also invited to join them and be recognized. Those honored included 16 Veterans, of whom 2 were Purple Heart recipients, (one of them, a double Purple Heart,) and a woman Veteran. As part of the We Honor Veterans Program, we had the opportunity to recognize and thank them for their service by presenting them with a certificate and having a pinning ceremony to honor them. One in every four who die today are Veterans...they took care of us and now it is our turn to take care of these courageous men and women who have fought for our country by giving them the best care they deserve which is what Livingston can offer!