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Horace Nye Home honors resident veterans

Horace Nye Nursing Home Executive Director Deborah Gifford places a wreath next to the flag pole during the annual Flag Day and Veterans service.

Horace Nye Nursing Home Executive Director Deborah Gifford places a wreath next to the flag pole during the annual Flag Day and Veterans service. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Horace Nye Nursing Home paid tribute to those who served the country June 14 with a Flag Day Veterans Tribute ceremony.

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The Westport Central School middle school chorus sings at the Horace Nye Nursing Home Flag Day Veterans event June 14.

“Today, we take a moment to honor this symbol of our country and to honor those past and present who have given so much in its defense,” said Horace Nye Director Deborah Gifford, who is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

“Since my military service, I have always stood a little taller when honoring the flag,” Tim Pierce of the Office of Veterans Affairs said. “Old Glory has served as a symbol to our service. Just as the veterans that are here stood ready to defend this nation in the past, so are today’s soldiers, ready to answer the call.”

The ceremonies not only honored the residents of the home who served but also the spouses of those who served.

“We should not forget the families and spouses, for they bear a great burden while their spouses are away serving,” Lloyd Brockney of D.A.V. Chapter 179 said. “You also have served, as well as your people in uniform.”

Residents of Horace Nye Nursing Home who have served in the military include Robert Blaise, Judy Bova, Arthur Brassard, John Cannon, John Carlson, Dr. Paul Curtis, Donald Drew, Leo Fleury, Elbert Howard, Robert Kalinowski, Robert LaVigne, Alfred Maye, John Murphy, Frank Mussaw, Donald Muzzy, Paul Norton, John Rowe, Patrick Sullivan, Robert Sweatt, Ruby Williams, Francis Wine and John Wright.

Horace Nye veterans’ spouses include Judy Bova, Rena Cumm, Ellen Dubay, Nancy George, Claudia Hildebrandt, Alice Hull, Irene Hulse, Ruth Lawrence, Rita Phillips, Helen Richards, Roberta Stanley, Carol Trapasso, Eleanor Wardell, Ruby Williams and Nancy Yocum.

Music for the event was provided by the Westport Central School middle school chorus, directed by Janice Kyle, while Rev. Jennifer Deming offered prayer.

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