Veterans salute as police cadets lower the flag at the community annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Abbey Delray South Veterans Reflect

Every year we pay our respects to our veterans, both those who are with us and those who are not. We honor the sacrifices they have made to protect and serve our country, allowing us all to live free and safe. At Abbey Delray, we are taking the opportunity to highlight veterans who live in our community to better understand their stories and what Veterans Day means to them, as well as planned events to honor our veterans and thank them for their service to our nation.

Honoring Our Community Veterans

One of our residents, Ken Damian, is a former career Army Officer who served 30 years in the Army Medical Department, having completed two tours to Germany, one in Vietnam and at nine other bases from coast to coast. Throughout his service, Ken experienced many of the highs and lows the Army had to offer. Ken recalls how he and his family had many opportunities to learn from other cultures and meet different people from different backgrounds with different expectations and experiences than we’re accustomed to here at home.

At the same time, he recalls being stationed at a hospital in Saigon during the Tet Offensive and watching the number of innocent children brought to him, some severely injured or having already passed, with many being the age of his children. To Ken, Veterans Days is about the flags placed in national cemeteries to honor all veterans and notes that the local men’s club conducts a well-attended program on Veterans Day to recognize our resident veterans every year.

Veterans Day Events Around Delray Beach, FL

In Delray Beach, Florida, every year we celebrate our veterans as a community.

The City of Delray Beach hosts a Veterans Day Ceremony to honor the brave men and women who served in our nation’s Armed Forces. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11. Residents are encouraged to bring their families, friends and neighbors to Veterans Park, located at 802 NE 1st St., and wear patriotic colors to show their support for those who proudly served our country.

Building a Community at Abbey Delray South

Here at Abbey Delray South, we are committed to serving our residents, both veterans and non-veterans alike. We don’t take for granted that our community has allowed us to get to know and provide for the needs of people like Ken Damian and others who have served. We try to honor and respect all that our residents have accomplished throughout their lives.

If you have any questions regarding our senior living community, feel free to contact us or fill out the form to learn more information about our community. Regardless of whether Abbey Delray South is the right choice for you, we’d like to close by thanking our veterans for their bravery, service and sacrifice to protect our country. We owe them a debt of gratitude.