‘Living memorial’ pays tribute to those who served

Bee Staff ReportsMay 22, 2014 

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Residents of Covenant Village in Turlock, from left, Anne Ehlem, Don Jackson, Will Marshall, Betty Barr, Bob Anderson and Dottie Buchanan, take part in a "Living Memorial" presentation on Thursday. May 22, 2014.

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— With Armed Forces Day celebrated recently and Memorial Day on Monday, Anne Ahlem wanted to do something to pay tribute to those who have served, living and dead.

So the Covenant Village resident went to a folder at the senior home that includes quotes from veterans and got an idea. She put together a “living memorial” to those who served in the military, particularly those who died in defense of the United States.

Thursday, she and five other Covenant Village residents read from what the veterans had written. The simple presentation was offered at the beginning of the center’s regular weekly chapel service.

The participants, wearing red, white, and blue, sat on the stage and spoke the personal reflections written by veterans from all branches of the armed forces during World War II and the Korean War.

The writers were not identified. But their sentiments had a theme. They spoke of faith and of service.

One veteran, whose statement was read by Ahlem, spoke of pride in serving but wouldn’t wish the experience on anyone else. But each also said that if called, he or she would serve again.

Said one: “I’d be willing to fight again to defend our country.”

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