Veterans honored at Fulton Center event

Participants salute during the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare’s Veterans Day program Tuesday at the town of Johnstown facility. From left are Broadalbin American Legion Post members Jim Eglin and Ed Vickers, and center resident and Navy veteran Thomas Quinlan. In the forefront is an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — American military service by individuals was respectfully observed, as the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare conducted a veteran’s ceremony and program Tuesday afternoon at the facility.

“You really appreciate it, especially for all the veterans,” said center resident and U.S. Navy veteran Thomas Quinlan, who participated.

In advance of Monday’s Veteran’s Day holiday, the town of Johnstown-based healthcare facility honored and recognized male and female residents and staff who are veterans.

Also invited were relatives of some of the veterans. Sitting at tables adorned with patriotic balloons, the honored group of veterans enjoyed cake and refreshments in the auditorium.

“The facility celebrates Veteran’s Day every year,” said activities Director Joann Wille.

Participating in the ceremony was Broadalbin American Legion Post members Jim Eglin, Dennis Horton, Ed Vickers and Cathy Erwin.

Horton explained that there is special meanings attached to the various folds in the American Flag.

“The stars are upper most and remind us of the upper model — in God we trust,” he said.

The American Legion Post veterans thanked all the center residents and staff for their military service and the legion conducted a flag ceremony. An American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. was presented to the vets, as well as a certificate.

The flag was encased and shown throughout the gathering by a legion member who walked up and down the auditorium.

Center resident Thelma Childs, 94, attended Tuesday’s program to pay homage to her 92-year-old brother, center resident Warren Childs, who was in his room and couldn’t attend. She said he was a regular Army veteran of World War II. She said she and her family were very proud of Warren, but she said the world has “changed” in many ways since the 1940s.

Outside the auditorium and activities area, Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare honored the veterans with various photos on a special “Wall of Honor” in the facility’s hallway.

The special recognition stated it was in place “recognizing and honoring all who reside or work in our facilities.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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