Many residents at Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehab have served our country and now people in Carbon County are making sure they say thanks.
Every year, Weatherwood in Weatherly hosts a veterans celebration. Currently, 31 residents and three employees are vets.
Sheldon Shaffer, an Army veteran from Tamaqua said he served in, “1953-1955 stationed in Munich, Germany.”
Weatherwood employees say this is the biggest group of veterans the place has ever had.
“I want them to know that we appreciate them, we thank them for their service, and we absolutely just love them,” said Paula Mengle, the recreation director at Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehab.
Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors said a few words at the event. His father was a veteran and so is his son.
“Many of our veterans are getting to be elderly and they’re in nursing homes. We can’t forget them. We need to take the time to visit them, thank them and let them know they’re important to us.”
Many of the residents at Weatherwood say they’re still proud to wear their red, white, and blue and they also appreciate that people still take time out of their day to say thanks.
“It feels good. At least they’re supporting us,” said Shaffer.
“I think that’s great. That’s great,” said Gordon Stull, an Army veteran.
All of the veterans at Weatherwood sported their patriotic ribbons for the rest of the day.