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Generations come together to celebrate Memorial Day

The staff and residents of Governor’s Bend Assisted Living Facility opened the Memorial Day weekend with a flag-folding ceremony on Friday, May 22, to honor veterans residing at the facility.
Members of the Unicoi County High School Air Force JROTC, along with instructor Lt. Colonel Jack Rickman, opened the ceremonies by hoisting a new flag on the property.
Cadet Jessie Stamey led the narration of the flag-folding.
“We have gathered here today to pay respect to our flag, our veterans and our country,” she said. “For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation’s unity, as well as a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens.”
Following the playing of the National Anthem, sung by resident Jack Holiwski, members of the JROTC honor guard started to fold the old flag as Stamey continued the ceremony stating the importance of each fold.
“When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, ‘In God We Trust’,” Stamey said.
After the raising of the new flag, Lisa White, with Governor’s Bend, took to the podium to recognize the military careers of the veterans now residing at the facility.
Holiwski served in the Army back in 1952 as a 20-year-old and served a year-and-a-half before being honorably discharged. Also in the Army was Herman Britt, who served as a medic and was stationed in Texas from 1953 to 1955.
Linda Rainbolt served in Presido of San Francisco in 1973. During her three years, Rainbolt, a fourth-class specialist, worked with doctors and scientists who did research. Rainbolt typed research papers and scientific protocol.
James Treadway was a member of the Air Force for 21 years and for 15 years served in Japan and Korea. Sam Tittle was another member of the Air Force, serving 1942 to 1944 as a cook stationed in St. Petersburg and Miami.
Lucy Chaffin served as a cook in the Air Force and served meals in England and Germany for two years along with Carolyn Waugh, who worked for the Civil Service Air Force for two years.
R.L. Copp, Elmer Carter and William Gormley all served with the Navy. Copp served as a cook and gunner; Carter served a year during World War II as a shipfitter; Gormley, who also served in Sipan during WWII.
“We want to honor them,” White said of the veterans, “for giving their time and wanted to include the ROTC from the high school so they could take part in this inter-generational ceremony at Governor’s Bend. We take pride in just being an American today. We wanted to celebrate with the cadets today.
“As a facility that honors God and country, we want to live out that purpose for this facility. We want to provide the veterans in our facility a chance to be honored.”