Flag rededicated at assisted living home
Music therapists performed "America the Beautiful" on a sunny Monday morning at Village Manor, just moments before U.S. Navy service members raised Old Glory at the assisted living facility during a flag rededication ceremony.
The Gresham Elks Lodge was host of the rededication on Monday, Aug. 6, at the assisted living facility at 2060 N.E. 238th Drive, Wood Village, and the group also held the original ceremony in 1988.
Chuck Dangerfield, exalted ruler of the local Elks Lodge, said a few words before the flag was raised.
"It is an honor to be here as exalted ruler, and to rededicate this flag for the veterans at Village Manor," he said.
There are about 50 residents living at the nursing home, and more than 30 are veterans. Nearly all the vets living in the facility watched the event.
Many residents at the home have mental health issues, and staff members were concerned about behavioral outbursts or residents running away during the dedication. That didn't happen, and the event went off without a hitch.
The original flag was removed to create a turnaround driveway during a recent remodel of the home.
Village Manor is Wood Village's first house built in 1888, and before the renovations were completed, the building's foundation was crumbling and it looked like it might topple over, said Travis Johnston, Village Manor's environmental director, who was in charge of repairs. The final touch was a fresh coat of paint.
"It looks great, and (the building) is going to be here for another 100 years," Johnston said on Monday morning. "Today was the culmination of two and a half years."
Derek Salway, who has owned Village Manor since 1979, watched the flag dedication for a second time.
"I was just really excited to be honoring the veterans who live here," he said.
Steven Myric, a Village Manor resident who served in the Navy from 1975-76, watched the event, and was glad to see the sailors take a role in the ceremony.
"It was great. It was more than I thought," Myric said. "Some of the veterans here can't express their patriotism because of the difficulties in their day-to-day lives."