Seven Acres and The Medallion Honor All Veterans
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Posted by: Julianna Ems
Residents of Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and The Medallion who served in the armed forces of the United States and other countries were honored in a special Veterans Day flag ceremony on Sunday, November 10 conducted by members of the Jewish War Veterans Houston-Levy Post 574. The Veterans Day program included a patriotic concert presented by the Gulf Coast Concert Band. The event was hosted by Seven Acres long-time supporters Vicky and Michael Richker.
The flag ceremony began as Post Commander Jack Schlossberg led the veterans, residents and their guests with a presentation of colors that included the “Pledge of Allegiance”. He was assisted by fellow JWV members Frank Shaw, David Hecht, Jim McClain, David Lavine, Walter Dubov, Ralph Burdett, Aaron Keiter, Jerry Pappert and Bill Orlin. The singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” was led by Michael Richker before Commander Schlossberg welcomed everyone, remarking, “The members of Post 574 wish to express our sincere thanks to Seven Acres for hosting this event today. It is a high point every year for us to join you for this ceremony and an honor to call out the names of all the residents who have served in the military. We owe all of the veterans a debt of gratitude for their courage and heroism, their love of country, and their love of service.”
The flagpole ceremony was also attended by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who brought the veterans a congressional proclamation and a commemorative flag that had flown over the U.S. capitol On November 7. “We owe a debt to all of our veterans for their bravery and sacrifices beyond description,” Ms. Jackson Lee remarked. “We are honored to be in your presence. It is an act of unselfishness to serve and you all continue to serve your communities upon your return.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee brought a congressional proclamation and a flag that flew over the US Capitol to honor the veterans. Left to right: Arnold Rosenzwieg (holding the flag), Fred Tyser, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, members of the Jewish War Veterans post 574: Bill Orlin, David Lavine, Jack Schossberg, Ralph Burdett, Aaron Keiter, David Hecht, Jerry Pappert, Jim McClain, Frank Shaw.
Mr. Schlossberg then recognized the residents who are veterans of World War II, Post-War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and named their branch of service. This includes several veterans who served in the armed services of countries other than the United States. Seven Acres veterans are: Norman Blau, Navy Seaman 1st class gunners mate in Borneo, New Guinea, India, Egypt and the Philippines during World War II; Martin Blumert, U.S. Army in Japan for 18 months; Robert Byers, U.S. Army stationed in Virginia; Stewart Chatkin, U.S. Navy 2nd class for three years; Robert Cohn, Navy Petty Officer 3rd class; Eugene Cole, Army; John Heck, Army National Guard for six years in New Orleans; Frances Martin, U.S. Air Force as an E1 Medical assistant/LVN in Texas and Mississippi; Edward Mayo, Marine Corps; Louis Moskowitz, Air Force for seven years in the U.S. and Europe; Ellis Rushefsky, Air Force Captain in Waco, TX and Mississippi; Connie Sekaly, Inspector of Naval Material, San Diego; Fred Tyser, Army Air Corps, as an aviation cadet in the U.S. for 3 ½ years.
The Medallion veterans are: Hyman Grover, Canadian Armed Forces; Sabine Marshall, Army, quartermaster in Germany; Ben Patel, Navy Seaman 3rd class, 1951-56; Ted Powers, Army 1955-57; Arnold Rosenzweig, U.S. Army reserves; John Seale, Major, Air Force pilot for B-17’s from 1941-1951; Shirley Shoifet: Cadet Nurse Corps and VA Hospital in Connecticut; Leonard Tatar, Army Reservist PFC, Fort Sam Houston.
Seven Acres and The Medallion veterans, left to right, front row, seated: Frances Martin, Leonard Tatar, Louis Moskowitz, Edward Mayo, Arnold Rosenzweig, and Fred Tyser. Second row, seated: Eugene Cole, Robert Byers, Connie Sekaly, Martin Blumert, Norman Blau, Hyman Grover, Ellis Rushevsky, Ben Patel, Stewart Chatkin, and Sabin Marshall. Third row, standing: Michael Richker, Brad Rauch, Vicky Richker, CEO Malcolm Slatko, Walter Dubov, Frank Shaw, Ralph Burdett, David LaVine, Jack Schlossberg, David Hecht, Sheila Jackson Lee, Aaron Keiter, Bill Orlin, Jerry Pappert and Jim McClain.
The flag ceremony was followed by a special patriotic musical program in the Seven Acres auditorium with the Gulf Coast Concert Band. The concert series included The Star-Spangled Banner, and an Armed Forces Salute with the theme songs from the Army, the Coast Guard, the Marines, the Air Force and the Navy.
Seven Acres President Brad Rauch greeted everyone before the concert. “It is my pleasure to welcome you all here today,” he remarked. “We are so appreciative to Vicky and Michael Richker who are, once again, underwriting this major program at Seven Acres and The Medallion, honoring our veterans. We would also like to thank the Jewish War Veterans from Post 574 for coming every year to conduct the flag ceremony for our veterans and their families.”
Left to right standing: Seven Acres President Brad Rauch, CEO Malcolm Slatko, Gulf Coast Concert Band Maestro Benjamin J. Butler, II, Vicky Richker, Michael Richker. Seated is Bob Altshuler, President of the Residents Club.
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