In honor of Veterans Day, Jim and I were looking for a way to serve the men and women who served us in the military. So we set up Jim’s cameras and lights and for 3 days we took pictures to help the Maravilla retirement community create a Veterans Wall of Honor for the veterans who live there.
What a joy it was to meet pilots, doctors, POW’s – brave men and women from every branch of service. They brought pictures and memorabilia which sparked the telling of war stories (some serious, some funny, some poignant) but it was clear they shared a camaraderie that only comes from the battle field. As we heard their tales, it struck me that these men and women made brave decisions long ago which still affect you and me every day.
Though some men were strong and vibrant, those in their late 80’s and 90’s were probably not moving as fast as they once did. But what impressed us the most is the youthful glint still in their eyes and on their smiles. These men and women were full of vitality and without exception they were courteous, helpful and had perfect manners (something I fear generations since have not followed).
These men and women left us inspired and hopeful. If there is a model for aging well, then they’ve cracked the code at Maravilla.
We call our flag “Old Glory” but on those precious days Jim and I learned that glory is never old.