Our veterans inspire us every day.
Our veterans are fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, husbands, wives, friends, but most of all; they are patriots. Over 100 of these dedicated men and women live here at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Their story is America’s story. Currently, the Main Street Gallery is alive with red, white, blue and vintage images! Photographs of young, brave soldiers and their branch of service line the walls.
“Putting together this display has been a joy for me. Seeing our residents come by and find their picture or one of a family member is the very essence of a Veterans Day remembrance,” says Whitney Worrell, Manager, Cultural Arts and Enrichment. “We have been doing this annually for eight years. The genesis of this celebration was a book, War Stories, which detailed Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents’ military history. There were so many amazing narratives that we looked for a way to extend the interest.”
It was during the 2007 Memorial Day weekend that groups of Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents were observed swapping war stories with obvious camaraderie and mutual respect. A committee of seven residents was formed to consider the possibility of collecting resident veteran histories and stories for the Memorial Day 2008 celebration. As the military histories and stories began arriving, it was clear our veterans were from all branches of service and all forms of exploits. From “harm’s way” to a desk in a protected area, our residents have made great and noble contributions to military efforts.
We were so inspired by the records, stories and photographs collected for War Stories, that it was decided to recognize our veterans with an annual exhibit. The Main Street Gallery not only honors our living veterans but also acknowledges veterans who are no longer with us. Please come by and pay your respects.
Our veterans are an important part of the Westminster Canterbury Richmond Community. We are proud of our veterans and honored by their service.