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NEWS | Nov. 15, 2016

Army Band Helps Honor Veterans at Milwaukee area Retirement Community

By Zachary Mott 88th Regional Support Command

WAUWATOSA, Wisconsin (November 10, 2016) – Since moving to the Luther Manor retirement community more than four years ago, retired Army Master Sgt. David Myers has been connecting with veterans of all services. Those friendships and connections led to the establishment of the Luther Manor Veterans Memorial which was unveiled during a dedication ceremony November 9.

“Early this year, I came up with this idea of we ought to have some way of honoring the veterans past and present here at Luther Manor,” he said.

There are more than 120 veterans who reside at Luther Manor dating as far back as World War II and representing every branch of military service. The memorial, which consists of an American flag on the wall with flags of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard on staffs sticking up from the floor and a plaque commemorating all the veterans who have, now and will call Luther Manor home.

“It’s wonderful to see,” Myers said. “We have a number of veterans and to make them feel that they can be part of the military family and that their service was important then and it is now.”

During the ceremony, members of the Milwaukee NCO Council placed each services flag in the memorial while Army Staff Sgt. Christy Gervais, from the 484th Army Band, played each of the respective service songs and hymns.

The memorial is in the lobby of the main building for Luther Manor and serves as full-time memorial to the veterans living there.

“I am so pleased that we have gone well above and beyond and we’re truly making it a purposefully a recognizable attribute of our community,” said Stephanie Chedid, the president and CEO of Luther Manor.