God Bless America! Saluting our Veterans
On the Fourth of July, we look to the “giants on whose shoulders we stand”, who have purchased our nation’s freedoms with their hard work and sacrifice. This inheritance, with its liberties, glories, and flaws, fills our hearts with pride and gratitude. We salute all the men and women who have served our nation. In return, we also pledge to do all we can, to continually shape it into an inheritance that we can proudly pass on to the generations to follow.
This year, we honored our Resident veterans with a ceremonial flag raising. They gathered around our flagpole together with a couple of special guests; namely, retired Chief Master Sergeant Robert Zukauskas of the Air Force and retired Chief Petty Officer Rick Gordon of the Navy.
After a patriotic hymn, a reading from our nation’s Constitutions and a prayer by our Chaplain Father Rousseau, the men unfolded and raised the flag together to the music of the bugle, played by CMSGT Zukauskas. We sang the national anthem and then enjoyed each other’s company in the warm morning sun.
When all were ready to leave, the Residents and Sisters moved into the Chapel where they recited the Rosary together, for our veterans and our nation. After Mass, our Residents enjoyed a barbeque with all the fixin’s.
Happy Fourth of July!