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Honoring our Veterans

Posted on: Nov 12, 2015

Veterans of PPh filled our Social Hall for a special ceremony held yesterday in their honor.  The annual ceremony is organized by PPh Director of Community Relations, Bill Conaway.  Bill also facilitates the monthly meetings for the Veterans Program of PPh.  This year’s ceremony began with Bill giving a heartfelt speech to thank those involved in the ceremony and especially our veterans.  Present was Bill’s son, Specialist Tom Conaway for the U.S. Army, making this year’s ceremony particularly profound for Bill.

Rev. Scott Mitchell performed the National Anthem, God Bless the USA and God Bless America. Scott’s strong, uplifting voice was felt throughout the room.

Jared Solomon communicated a powerful message as the keynote speaker. Jared is familiar with both the community and the military.  He is a resident of Northeast Philadelphia and President of “Take Back Your Neighborhood.”  He is a Captain in the Army Reserves and serves in the Judge Advocate and General Corps.  Jared has received a National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.  He spoke about his personal story on why he became a member of the military, how his grandfather was instrumental in his decision, and what he learned from him especially in regards to being a Veteran.

Following was the POW/MIA remembrance ceremony then a video of PPh resident and veteran, John Bulovas.  John was a POW from 1943 to 1945. The video was initially presented at a ceremony held at the Navy Depot in honor of POWs.

To see the video of John Bulovas, hear Jared’s speech, and The Rev. Scott Mitchell sing Go to our Facebook Page.

Pastor Harry Spink concluded the ceremony with the Benediction.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exceptional ceremony and, of course, to our Veterans.

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"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

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"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

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