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Each veteran is honored with a photo in the lobby and a flag lapel pin following a flag-raising ceremony by Boy Scouts in front of Bonaventure

BARBARA SHERMAN - Bonaventure Exeutive Director Lana Buckles (far right in red dress and white sweater) asks a Boy Scout to come forward to put a flag lapel pin on a veteran.Bonaventure in Tigard threw a spectacular Veterans Day celebration for its veterans.

"We are so blessed to have 53 veterans living under one roof," said Executive Director Lana Buckles.

The ceremony started Nov. 11 when Boy Scouts raised the flag in front of the facility, and then the celebration moved indoors. The spacious lobby had been turned into a giant living room with extra chairs brought in for veterans and guests. BARBARA SHERMAN - In the Bonaventure lobby, a Boy Scout attaches a U.S. flag pin on former Summerfield resident and veteran Ralph Burnette to the delight of his wife Nancy.And colorful photos of every veteran in front of an American flag were positioned around the room.

Buckles and the Scouts went through the room pinning an American flag lapel pin on each veteran and asking them about their service, and each wife was presented with a miniature bouquet of fresh red and white flowers held together with a blue ribbon.

"We are honored to have you here every day," Buckles said. "It is a blessing and an honor to serve you."

BARBARA SHERMAN - Around the Bonaventure lobby on Veterans Day were groupings of photos of its resident veterans, each one taken in front of a U.S. flag.Among the residents in the room were former Summerfield residents Ralph and Nancy Burnette; Ralph served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1963.

At lunch the Burnettes were joined by another former Summerfield resident, Jackie Morgan, whose late husband was a Navy pilot. "Their plane was shot down off Australia," Morgan said. "My husband and one other man survived on a raft for two days before they were rescued."

Following lunch, the Boy Scouts retired several U.S. flags outside the rear of the building by respectfully burning them in a fire.

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