In recent years at Far Rockaway Center, Veterans Day has been a day for veterans to get together with family and friends and receive a personalized plaque for their bravery during their time served, many who served from WWII all the way through to the War on Terror. The personalized plaques included their name, rank, and the word “VETERAN” engraved, along with a symbol of two American flags and the American eagle.
Even with this year’s event being noticeably different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership at Far Rockaway Center, the 100-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility on Virginia Street in Far Rockaway wouldn’t let the virus get in the way of this special day. Even though no family or friends were on hand this year, the ceremony went on as planned so 15 veterans received medals and a Certificate of Merit from Triboro Center’s leadership and Centers Health Care. Recreation Director Zelideth Reyes told the families that photos would be posted on the facility’s Facebook page by that evening, and they were. Refreshments following the ceremony were also enjoyed by all.
“We are all proud of our Veterans,” Reyes said. “This was an emotional ceremony as it brought some of the Vets and staff to tears. We thank them for their service.”
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