Our Veterans were all smiles at the Seniors Today Veterans Ceremony and Celebration at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Thursday, November 9. This year Arrow Clinical Studies sponsored our event, conducted the pinning ceremony, and were on hand to serve lunch to our Veterans!
Seniors Today CEO Bonnie Schillinger stated, “It was great to be back and share our love and support with our Veterans after taking a three year haitis; two years due to the pandemic and last year because of the hurricane.”
The colors were presented by Spruce Creek High School Junior ROTC members: Color Sergeant, C/SSG Maugeri, Lead Rifle; C/SSG Higginbotham, National Colors, C/2LT Schmidt; Flo- rida State Flag, C/CPL Slubowski; Army Flag, C/CPL Goss; POW/MIA Flag, C/Sizemore; and Rear Rifle, C/CPL Jackson. This is the fourth year Spruce Creek ROTC has participated.
We also were delighted to have Holy Cross Worship Leader, Jackie Lee present the National Anthem and God Bless The USA! Later in the ceremony she provide a piano rendition of the Armed Forces Patriotic songs. As each song was played the Veterans stood to acknowledge their particular branch of service in which they served.
Our Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood never disappoints as our key- note speaker. His comments and the gratitude he showed for our Veterans were much appreciated again this year.
Pastor David Schillinger of Holy Cross offered the invocation as the official beginning of the ceremony which ushered in a more solemn tone.
A highlight of the program was the Missing Man Table Ceremony. The dinner table was set up with six place settings, a white table cloth, yellow ribbon, a rose, candle, Bible, salt, and lemon on it. Lieutenant Colonel Dawn Sautter (retired) explained the significance of each item on the table. Each item on the Missing Man Table represents the emotions and feelings reserved for those who did not come home.
Shawn Goepfert of Arrow Clinical Studies asked all veterans to stand and be recognized during the pinning ceremony. Every veteran was pinned and thanked for their service.
The ceremony closed with everyone singing God Bless America.
However, the celebration did not end here. All were invited to stay and enjoy a complimentary Bar-b-que lunch. At the end of the celebration, everyone left with a sense of love, respect, and pride for our veterans.
Bonnie Schillinger stated “It was touching to see so many come out to honor our veterans and Seniors Today was proud to once again share their love and support to them as well.