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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Memorial Weekend Visit to a Special Vietnam Veteran

From the previous years, we always visit and spend time with my  FIL on memorial weekends but  since he passed we have been looking for things to do to  remember him and other veterans who laid their lives for our freedom.  One of our close friends in  the neighborhood has been battling with health issues lately so we paid him a visit at Weirton Medical Center where he was confined.  Don is a  Vietnam Veteran and  a very caring person.  When we still live in the same street as theirs, he would always do stuff with our kids and I thank them for that.  
It's sad  seeing  Don  in this condition because he used to be very active and always walking around our neighborhood but  since January, he has been plagued with health issues.  The doctor found a tumor and his brand and  some cancerous cells in his lungs.

While inside the hospital and visiting, my kids were amazed by this auto hand washing machine that they have in the hospital.
IO think every hospital should install this  because  it is very useful not only to  their employees but for visitors and patients as well.
My kids have always been close to the Fanchers because  they were like  their grandparents.  We might not related by blood but they are like family to us.  They  seldom  miss my children's activities and functions and we miss them for that now that they can't attend.
They made some cards for him.  I thought it was extra special than  store-bought cards.  

The hospital has a beautiful garden so when we came out, we decided to do  a short stroll before  going to the cemetery and visited my FIL.
There were so many beautiful  flowers in the garden and bees  too!
I am so glad that we got to visit the Fanchers at the hospital.  As of this writing, he   came home from the hospital but will still  received radiation.  I hope and pray that  they will be given strength to  face these  health challenges.

In celebrating Memorial Day, let us not forget those brave warriors who  did their best to preserve our freedom.  My  respect goes to all the  man and women in uniform  who are  doing their job to keep us safe from enemies.  

22 travelers' comments:

Melody Steenkamp said...

Hi Rose

Congratulating you with your birthday on behalf of the team and participants of ABC Wednesday. Wishing you all the best in luck, love, happiness and health!

Melody (abc-w-team)

Diane S said...

Well done a fabulous thing to do n Memorial day. These Veterans put their lives on the line for us so we can have a better life. Hope he is doing well Diane

Sarah Honey said...

This is the sweetest! What a fantastic thing to do on Memorial Day and what a great lesson for the kids!

Christy Maurer said...

What a great thing to do for Memorial Day. I hope that Don is doing better! I think those auto hand things are awesome! We don't have any like that!

Tomi Clark said...

That is so sweet of you and your family to visit your loved one and veteran in the hospital. Praying for a speedy recovery for Don aka Lolo. What a wonderful way to celebrate and honor those who serve

Joanna Stemen said...

I think this was a great way to spend Memorial Day. I'm sure he appreciated the love and support. And the homemade cards were such a nice thing to do.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Aww what an amazing thing to do on Memorial Day, I hope Don is doing better and how beautiful are those gardens.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

It's so important to be there for grandparents that are sick. I have gone through a similar personal situation. I think seeing the grandkids is so great for those in the hospital dealing with health issues.

Jacqui Stewart said...

Perfect weekend for this amazing visit. Veterans should always be honored. We have a few veterans in my family and always make sure to thank them. Thank you for sharing your story!

AiringMyLaundry said...

Oh wow, what an amazing thing to do. Veterans deserve only the best and our utmost respect. I love this garden as well.

Claudia Krusch said...

This is an amazing thing to do. It is a great lesson for the kids as well. I have never seen an auto hand washing machine. It looks pretty cool.

Pam said...

It is great that you and your kids visited him for Memorial Day. It sounds like he is very special in the kids lives!

Maurene said...

It’s great to give honor to those people who fight for our country. I sure hope I can also visit someone who is a war veteran.

Rebecca Swenor said...

I love the idea of your family visiting the neighbor who is a Vietnam Vet at WMC. It is such a beautiful caring idea. The garden does indeed look gorgeous there. I hope your neighbor gets better soon so he can leave the hospital. Thanks for sharing your amazing way of giving back.

My Teen Guide said...

Thank you to your family for going out of your way to make someone's day a little brighter. I hope your family friend gets well soon. Your kids sure made really special get well cards.

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz said...

What a great way to spend Memorial Day. I am sure that your neighbor really appreciated the visit and that the heartfelt cards from your kids made him feel much better.

Jenny said...

It sucks getting old. I am glad you took the time to spend that day with someone special!

WEMAKE7 said...

Your family is so beautiful and always doing really nice things. That was really nice of your family to show your neighbor you care.

Paula Schuck said...

This blog is very cheery. What a great thing you did for someone else. So sweet. Love this and more people need to do that.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

You and your kids have such a kind hearts. It is so nice for you to drop by the hospital to visit a family friend. Those cards your kids made sure would make any heart warm up with happiness. May your tribe increase!

Kiwi said...

This was beautiful. So nice you introduced your children to giving back and respecting Vietnam vets!

lencilicious said...

Hi Rose. Hope you know that I admire your courage and determination as a blogger. By the way, I nominated you to Blogger Recognition Award. Rules of which are listed in my recent blog post. Congratulations.

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