Veteran Residents Honored At Sunrise Senior Living
Eighteen residents at Sunrise Senior Living, men and women, served in the armed forces during World War II and Korea.
Residents of Sunrise Senior Living in Lynnfield who served in the armed forces were presented with flags and plaques on Wednesday in honor of their contributions to the nation.
While Memorial Day is this Monday, May also happens to be National Military Appreciation Month.
The Sunrise facility, located on Salem Street, currently has at least 18 residents who served in the armed forces during the World War II and Korea eras. Sunrise staff member Leonard Sargeant was also honored for his 21 years of service in the Navy, from 1980 to 2001.
The plaques and flags (a small U.S. flag plus a flag of the branch of service an individual served in) were given by Ed Jones, the veterans liaison from Compassionate Care Hospice who pays weekly visits to veterans in various facilities around the Boston area and who explained that this is a way to honor and recognize the service of each veteran. Jones himself served 26 years in the Navy and Naval reserves and retired as a captain.
Two of the Sunrise residents who were honored have appeared in previous articles on this website. Dorothy Lyons was a Navy nurse at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941. And Angelo Stavru served in the Navy during World War II before settling back at home for a long career as a professional artist despite an MS diagnosis.
Here are the veterans who were honored Wednesday at Sunrise:
George Ray, Navy, WWII
Russell Ennis, Army, WWII
Herb Welford, Navy, WWII
Russell Bonnano, Army, WWII
Anthony DiBattista, Army, WWII
Beatrice Small, Navy, WWII
Angelo Stavru, Navy, WWII
Robert Janyrin, Navy, WWII
James Sklavos, Navy, WWII
Bernard Donovan, Army, WWII
Edward Fraser, Army, WWII
Arthur Diaz, Navy, WWII
Calla Lyon, Navy, WWII
Don Gorman, Air Force/Army, WWII/Korea
Attilio Amirto, Army, WWII
Dorothy Lyons, Navy, WWII
Bernie Morelli, Office of Strategic Services (Precursor to the CIA), WWII