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Benedictine Health Center Honors Resident Veterans

Posted at: 11/16/2012 6:31 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 10:33 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Veteran's Day was officially on Sunday, but Benedictine Health Center honored its veteran residents with a special service Friday morning.

The program honored 46 veterans currently living at the Benedictine Health Center and Westwood Senior Apartments. Veterans that passed away over the year were also honored.

Col. Michael J. Price addressed the veterans along with their friends and family.

"To our veterans we have a simple heartfelt message, and that is thank you," Col. Price said. "Thank you for your unwavering service, in peace time, and in war and throughout the world."

His talk focused on what a veteran looks like, pointing out that neither age nor occupation can define a veteran.

"I can recognize a veteran by the way he walks by a flag," Col. Price said.

John Mahoney was among the veterans being honored at the service. Mahoney served in the Army Air Corp in World War II as a front gunner on a B-24.

At 95 years old, Mahoney has seen quite a few Veteran's Day services, but he says his pride never wavers.

"It's all the same. Brings back the same things every year. And many of them every day. No change. You'll never forget that," Mahoney said.

Mahoney took a Northland Honor Flight to see his war memorial in Washington D.C. back in May.