VA North Texas Health Care System
Community Living Center Residents Give Final Honor to Veterans
Residents at Bonham’s Community Living Center (CLC) have formed an honor guard program that renders a final salute and tribute to honor their comrades who pass away there. The strong bonds these military men formed during service to their country do not fade with time. Though they may lose touch with those they served with, the feeling of camaraderie with their fellow Veterans only grows stronger.
The group paid attention to every detail and even performed a full-dress rehearsal to be sure the final honor would be appropriate for America’s heroes. The ceremony includes playing of TAPS, salutes from the group, and formal folding of the flag.
When CLC residents approached the staff about such a program, they became excited to help them with coordination. Many of them are Veterans themselves, and they considered it an honor to help. Jerry Cooke is a social worker and John Stephens is a nurse in the Bonham CLC. John said, "It’s amazing that love of country and respect for fellow soldiers doesn’t diminish with age." America is quickly losing World War II and Korean War heroes who make up a large portion of the patient population at the CLC in Bonham. Both Cooke and Stephens consider it an honor to be a Veteran serving other Veterans and hope these efforts properly honor their service and remind us of whom we serve.