A genuine “thank you,” and hand shake is enough to light up almost any veteran’s face, however the staff at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville went the extra mile to show how much they are appreciated in Northwest Indiana.
On Wednesday they hosted their Stars & Strings Veteran’s Appreciation celebration, in which veterans who are residents at the center and in the surrounding communities were invited to be honored with applause and certificates of appreciation. The 5th annual event also included a special live entertainment performance, dining and desserts.
"We do really make it a point to connect with and honor veterans in the community," Jane Powers, marketing coordinator said. "We are so appreciative of their service. We can't do enough to show them how thankful we are for them."
Bob Warn, Vietnam War veteran, entertained the crowd with an hour of patriotic songs and ballads from his time in the service. Warn that said events like these make him happy to pick up his accordion and guitar for a cause very near to his heart. Warn has donated to organizations like Wounded Warriors and currently works with Disabled American Veterans in giving all of his performance proceeds to help fellow veterans.
"We have to do things for those who did much for us," Warn said. "We have to try to repay, in tiny bits, for those who gave their sacrifice and time for us."
During his performance, he soulfully played "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel, a song that he and fellow servicemen would play to feel a little closer to home when they were stationed.
'It's beautiful," Anthony Aducci, Korean War veteran from Schererville, said. "It brings back old memories."
Powers said that in addition to the Stars and Strings celebration, every month the Residences at Deer Creek hosts a social event for veterans who are residents or from the tri-town area to mingle and bond. The facility has nearly 20 veterans who call Deer Creek home.
"There's such a bond between servicemen, that we really want to create the opportunity to connect," Powers said.
“They all really care about each other and look out for each other," Karen Redar, director of life enrichment, said.
While the staff always strives to make Residences at Deer Creek a welcoming place for vets, they get just as much from their residents as they give them.
"They bring tradition and sacrifice," Redar said. "They teach us so much with the stories I've heard about their lives, and how their time in the service shaped their lives, careers and family."
Throughout the event, each table was alive with stories from past wars and shared memories. Resident and veteran John Rudenga said Residences at Deer Creek is a special place for area veterans to build camaraderie.
"This is great, I'm thankful for the appreciation a lot of people show," Rudenga said. "Our interests and our concern for others makes for close arrangements between us all here."
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