Nesquehoning Veterans Day program held at MapleShade
Carol Zickler/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe VFW and Legion accompanied Director of Veterans Affairs of Carbon County, Henry Desrosiers, to MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, and presented a Veterans Day program. Sixteen veterans from the facility attended the program and had their lunch in the bistro. Participants included, front l-r, MapleShade guests Pauline Graaf, who served in the Provo Marshall's General Office; veterans William Leopold, and John King; middle row l-r, John Gallagher, Francis O'Donnell, Angela Nardini (vocalist), Henry Desrosiers, and Gilbert Henry (chaplain). Back are Ralph Clay, Petty Officer First Class in the Navy Reserves; and Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret) Patrick Rodgers, who both spoke to the group.
As 16 veterans sat in a program at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, the men and women reflected on their times serving their country.
The program was presented by the Jim Thorpe VFW and American Legion Post, along with Carbon County's Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers.
Pauline Graaf served in the Provo Marshalls Office, and Diana Demianenko said she was in the U.S. Marines. Each one reminisced about their days and where they served.
Angela Nardini sang several patriotic songs and Gilbert Henry, chaplain, gave the prayers.
Desrosiers introduced speaker Air Force Master Sgt. (ret) Patrick Rodgers, who said it was so nice to see the Kovatch Corporation manufactured trucks when he was deployed across the world.
Another speaker was Ralph Clay of Jim Thorpe, a first grade teacher at Penn Kidder Campus in Jim Thorpe who is in the Navy reserves. Clay recently returned from Afghanistan and thanked all the veterans for their service.