Thanks to a generous $5,000 grant from Omnicare, Inc., each of Bethesda’s independent retirement communities proudly boasts a “Wall of Honor” featuring all of our current Veterans.
“This is just one small way we can continue to honor and acknowledge our Veteran residents for their service,” says Leslie Schaeffer, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator at Bethesda Hospice Care.
Veterans could pose for a portrait or submit photos, many of which were taken in uniform or on location during periods of conflict. The wall identifies each participant’s name, branch of military and years of service.
“This wall represents what was quite a time of our lives,” says Bethesda Orchard resident Duane Johnson, who served in the Navy during WWII. “It is very well done, and I give it high praise.”
The “Walls of Honor” are part of the “We Honor Veterans” program, which was initiated through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Led by Leslie, Bethesda is one of the few Level Four participants in the state of Missouri.
Much excitement surrounded the initial creation and hanging of photos and information comprising each “Wall” throughout Bethesda. Leslie says she is committed to making sure that each “Wall of Honor” remains updated and current.