Red, white and blue flowers and balloons were just part of the patriotic display at the Catonsville Commons assisted living facility Tuesday afternoon for a Veterans Day celebration held at 2 p.m. to express gratitude to war veterans for their service.
About 50 residents and staff members at the facility sat to watch a program developed by Shirley Conaway, a part-time recreation assistant, who began planning the event in August.
"It's Veteran's Day and they need to be recognized for their service," Conaway said, surrounded by dozen of visitors who enjoyed the event's refreshments that included red, white and blue sheet cake, punch, cookies and cupcakes.
The assisted living facility located at 16 Fusting Avenue is owned by Genesis HealthCare.
The event was part of the company's "We Honor Veterans" program, said Barbara Cox, director of nursing.
"I think it is wonderful that we can recognize residents who have served in the military," Cox said.
The program included local politicians 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk, District 12 state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer and District 12A Del. Steve DeBoy, who spoke about the importance of celebrating those who served their country.
"Your generation came home and you created communities," DeBoy said. "You are the Lions Club, you are the Knights of Columbus...you're everything that is good about Maryland and the United States."
Residents watched as students in the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore City did a series of drill team and drum performances.
The students, wearing matching uniforms, stomped their feet and clapped their hands, in a military-like fashion.