On Thursday, Nov. 9, Gulf Coast Village hosted its annual Veterans Day service for its residents and their families. The event was held in collaboration with Volunteers of America National Services, Gulf Coast Village’s sponsoring partner.
Gulf Coast Village’s 59 veteran residents of all branches of the military were recognized and honored for their service. Gulf Coast Village hosts a Veterans Day program each year to recognize its residents.
The service included a welcome ceremony, color guard performances, the singing of the National Anthem, an opening prayer, a telling of the history of Veterans Day, a Veterans poem read by Sophie Barry, a medal of honor ceremony, two music videos, a Veterans story and a closing word.
Veteran residents and Pastor Bob Inkenbrandt were among the events speakers. Inkenbrandt shared stories of his own military experience and his personal connection to the military.
“At Gulf Coast Village, we honor veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year,” said Greg Anderson, executive director at Gulf Coast Village. “Being able to recognize our residents who have done so much for our country makes this day incredibly memorable. We look forward to this event each year, as do our Veteran residents.” To learn more about Gulf Coast Village, please visit GulfCoastVillage.org or call 239-772-1333.