Veterans Day Celebrations at St. Francis Manor
A Veterans Remembrance Program was hosted by St. Francis Manor on Thursday, November 8, to honor local veterans. St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park residents as well as veterans from the Grinnell community attended the program which included guest speaker, retired Air Force Master Sergeant Randy Hotchkin.
Above: L-R: Ron Davis, George Fowler, Earl Heishman’s daughters, Deb Lewis and Denise Brauer, Earl’s sister, Seeland Park resident Dorothy Stoker, and Ed Adkins.
The Grinnell Ceremonial Unit represented by Commander Ron Davis presented the flag to the Earl Heishman family in honor of Earl’s service during World War II with the 32nd Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps. During his service, Earl was presented with a Good Conduct Medal, along with several other ribbons and was honorably discharged on February 11, 1946. Earl, who was a Seeland Park and then St. Francis Manor resident, passed away earlier this year. Attendees enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Culinary Department before the program.
Above: The program included singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Above: Pianist Barb Tininenko played music specific to each branch of the military while attendees stood in recognition of the branch in which they or a loved one had served—those standing represent the Army.