Medals and recollections | Coeur d’Alene Press

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A sweetly smiling sailor.

A embellished rear admiral.

A troublesome younger soldier.

An Air Pressure nurse who may simply be mistaken for a film star.

Footage of those heroes, accompanied by photos of their army medals, ribbons, patches and accolades, have been meticulously organized on the Wall of Honor in Backyard Plaza of Publish Falls.

“That’s me and that’s my spouse, Linda,” Backyard Plaza resident Clay Ostergren mentioned Tuesday as he pointed to the place their photographs are on show in a corridor within the impartial residing aspect of the plaza.

Ostergren was a captain within the Air Pressure from 1969 to 1979, then turned a lieutenant within the Navy from ’81 to ’91, adopted by practically 20 years as a senior Naval science teacher.

“I used to be concerned with missiles, ships, I used to be an operations officer, testing officer, I used to be instructing officers the right way to be officers,” he mentioned. “It was a really proud, illustrious profession.”

He and Linda met — and subsequently married — whereas they had been each stationed within the Azores. Her photograph hangs just under his on the Wall of Honor.

“What a privilege to be acknowledged,” Clay mentioned. “They’ve performed a lovely job. Veterans don’t all the time get acknowledged like this, and that is superior. It was simply performed so properly.”

Backyard Plaza truly has two areas devoted to those exact shows. One hangs within the impartial residing constructing and one is in assisted residing.

Backyard Plaza govt director Rick Myers mentioned the Wall of Honor program is a challenge of Century Park Associates, Backyard Plaza’s mum or dad firm. Backyard Plaza’s exact mannequin is utilized in Century Park communities throughout the U.S., he mentioned.

“Because the residents and their households see these shows go up, ones we didn’t learn about come out of the woodwork, ‘Hey we would like that too!’” Myers mentioned. “It’s actually neat the way it’s displayed. It actually does honor them.”

Myers, gross sales affiliate Jessie Stevenson and gross sales director Valdete Lane, with help from Lane’s husband, retired legislation enforcement and Navy veteran Jim Lane, collect details about present and incoming residents, together with discharge papers and unit-specific particulars, to create the shows.

About 50 veterans work or reside at Backyard Plaza. Workers may even honor veterans on the ready listing and have their shows hung earlier than they’re official residents. The shows are given to the veteran or their households upon their departure from Backyard Plaza.

“It’s all the time one thing that’s been close to and expensive to my coronary heart,” Myers mentioned. “I’m retired legislation enforcement, however even us cops have our heroes.”

One of many highlights of the Wall of Honor is when new shows go up and other people attempt to guess which resident is within the previous photograph, Valdete Lane mentioned.

“What they keep in mind is the tales, after which I’ve a resident strolling by who says, ‘Guess which one is me?’” she mentioned with amusing. “It simply brings that complete human aspect.”

The shows had been first put in a few 12 months in the past, however ribbon slicing and dedication ceremonies can be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in impartial residing and 11 a.m. in assisted residing. The general public is welcome, nevertheless guests should put on face masks indoors. Plans are topic to vary relying on COVID-19 protocols.

At 11:30 a.m., all are invited to an out of doors ceremony with the Air Pressure Honor Guard adopted by refreshments and reside music at midday.

“Many of the occasions we have fun veterans on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, however now we have fun all of them day, every single day,” Stevenson mentioned. “Particularly folks within the service, that’s their delight and pleasure. They’re so pleased with it. They labored very arduous. Lots of people have main respect for veterans, so I feel that’s necessary to indicate how a lot we respect and help them.”




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