Morrisville nursing home honors military veterans

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A dozen residents at a nursing home in Morrisville were honored Monday for their years of service in the U.S. military.

The traditional ceremony capped off a year of new programs and experiences for the twelve veterans who call The Manor home.

Tech. Sgt. Jesse Ranslow, a Vermont Air National Guard member, felt that more needed to be done to honor veterans while they’re here, not just after they are gone.

“We just get together, eat, tell stories. It’s moved up to about two times a month now, plus field trips. We take them to museums. We took them to the airbase. We got to see F-16’s,” Ranslow said.

On Monday, he handed each veteran a folded flag with their name and details of their service engraved on the glass display case.

Winston Dezaine stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day while serving in the Army in World War II.

He said the experience was “like hell…it was.”  It was cold and wet, he said, and he had 60 pounds of gear on his back.

“I’d do it again if I had to. Great country, no greater country than the United States,” he said.

Jim Gillen served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. the monthly get-togethers with fellow veterans at The Manor mean a lot, he said. 

“Different stories, people bring up different stories every time,” he said.

We have veterans to thank for the lives we lead, he says, and we cannot forget them.

“Just think what would have happened if Hitler won the war, ya know? Stuff like that, it’s gotta be celebrated ain’t no question about it,” said Gillen.

Two veterans in their 90’s volunteered to help present the colors. Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also donate their time to The Manor.

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