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World War II Veterans Honored at Bay Pines Community Living Center

April 11, 2018



BAY PINES, FL - Community members and staff gathered to pay tribute to residents and volunteers during a World War II recognition ceremony last month Bay Pines Community Living Center located at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.

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“It’s an honor to come to work every day, and it is a true honor to be able to recognize the Greatest Generation of our CLC community. It was a pleasure to be involved with the planning, and I am very grateful,” said Jenny Campbell, Lead Recreation Therapist, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS).

This memorable event was presided over by Bay Pines VAHCS Director Suzanne M. Klinker who delivered the opening remarks and presented Veterans with certificates of appreciation, challenge coins and keepsakes.

“It was a great privilege to be here today with World War II Veterans that we serve in our Community Living Center as well as volunteers who are World War II Veterans and their families,” Klinker said.

“To recognize those who have protected our freedom through generations is an awesome experience for us at Bay Pines, and it’s a central part of our mission of honoring those who served us. Now it’s our turn to honor them,” she said.

This special program also included military artifacts on display by the Museum of Military History in Kissimmee, Florida with refreshments and gifts provided by the Florida American Legion Auxiliary.

“The VA has been so marvelous to us, to me anyway. I think everyone here says the same thing. I think this is overwhelming. The program was very nice,” said U.S. Navy World War II Veteran Nellie Byrne.

A musical performance was provided by the Six String Soldiers Field Army Band which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. 

“Today was fantastic. It’s always wonderful to have a chance to interact with our Veterans. But, especially to have a time to recognize the Greatest Generation. There aren’t a whole lot of them left, and it’s always great to be able to shake their hand and recognize all the great things they have done for our country, and really for the world,” said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Wood, Six String Soldiers Field Army Band.

Recreation Therapy activities like this are an important part of the holistic health care approach VA provides our Veterans every day.

“We couldn’t get better care than we get here at Bay Pines,” said U.S. Navy World War II Veteran Edward Flowers.

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