Portraits of nearly two dozen veterans in the Belmont Village Assisted Living home were honored with portraits reminiscent of their days serving their country.
History remembers December 7th as a “day which will live infamy,” but at Belmont Village Assisted Living in Green Hills Monday, December 7th was as much about remembering the past as it was preserving it.
“I just tried to do the best I could serving my country,” says 91-year-old resident Lib Roller.
Lib and nearly two dozen other residents were honored on Monday with a permanent display of portraits. The pictures were taken by California photographer Thomas Sanders last month as part of a campaign to honor the WWII veterans.
The facility decided unveiling the photos on Pearl Harbor Day would be their way of honoring the day which propelled the United States into WWII.
“I want people to realize that right here in this building we’ve got people that went to war and were wounded,” Lib says about the ‘American Heroes’ display.
Around 16 million Americans fought in World War II and every day we have been losing them. Some have estimated 462 Veterans die each day in the United States.
"Most veterans are in their late 80's or early 90's, that's about the average age, so it's important we tell their story," photographer Thomas Sanders said.
Nearly 20 photos now hang permanently in the halls of the facility, each one a picture of a resident who lives there.
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