vetday2It was a beautiful Veterans Day at the Soldiers Home in D.C. Residents and guests gathered at the flagpole to honor the service of those who live at the retirement home as well as all other veterans, deceased and alive. The service was moving, as new soldiers greeted veterans and veterans proudly wore on their chest the recognition they had received during their service. Retired soldiers, sailors and airmen — both men and women — stood from their wheelchairs for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. The Nam Nights and others joined residents for a final photograph after the ceremony ended. Yes, indeed, it was a beautiful day.

Story and photos by Liz Cocke.