For many Americans, Memorial Day marks the start of summer. A holiday weekend filled with BBQs, family time and an extra day off work. And while those things (in non-COVID-19 times) can bring about good feelings, the original purpose of the day has a much deeper meaning.
Memorial Day takes on added importance for Touchstone Communities due to our role in managing six different Texas State Veterans Homes; Ussery-Roan in Amarillo, Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez in Big Spring, Frank M. Tejeda in Floresville, Richard A. Anderson in Houston, Alfredo Gonzalez in McAllen, and William R. Courtney in Temple.
For the veterans residing in those homes and the veterans in our other communities across Texas, their commitment to serving their country is a gift we can never fully repay. But we’re doing our best to say thank you for their service by serving them now.
And Memorial Day celebrations is just one way we can show our appreciation to those veterans. Each community has its own way of giving back to those brave souls who vowed to protect us and our freedoms. Some opted for somber remembrances, honoring those who paid the ultimate price in serving their country. Others choose to revel in the celebrations with others, maintaining a safe distance given the current state of affairs with COVID-19. However they, or you, choose to show your gratitude and respect to the men and women who have served our country (and given their lives), we are eternally grateful for their selfless actions to wear the uniform(s) of the United States of America.
Here are a few scenes from our communities, including Veterans Homes, from this past Memorial Day.
Alfredo Gonzalez TSVH had a memorial ceremony and then released balloons for the fallen.
Frank M. Tejeda TSVH Veterans enjoyed burgers and hot dogs and some good music, they also got visited by Veteran bikers club they went around the facility showing our Veterans support.
Richard A. Anderson TSVH enjoyed a full program including the reading of Lance Corporal Richard A. Anderson’s Medal of Honor, a heroes roll call and the playing of taps.
Our other skilled nursing communities participated in Memorial Day celebrations, including Las Palmas Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Cotulla, who recognized residents Jose Martinez, Ramon Nunez and Herschel Hall.
Mid Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation in Mercedes also celebrated Memorial Day by honoring one of their residents, US Navy veteran Mr. Albert.