Veterans Gather for Heroes Breakfast at FairviewAugust 8, 2014
by Tom Tollefson
Retired and active members from the Navy, Coastguard, National Guard, Army, police and fire departments, and even a World War II Civil Service employee gathered for breakfast on the morning of August 30 at The Inn at Fairview. The breakfast was held in honor of those who serve this country, both foreign and domestic, as a way of saying “thank you” for all their work. It was the first of future heroes breakfasts as Fairview plans to make it an annual event.
As both active and retired service members ate, they reminisced about their days of service. A total of 15 people attended the breakfast. The notable service members included Fairview resident Bob Winter, who shared stories about being a guard at a Japanese prison in 1947 during World War II.
Resident Edith Perkins also had a very heroic past herself. Perkins may have not served as an enlisted member of the war, but was considered a “hero” by the Fairview community just the same. Perkins worked at Atlantic Parachute Corp repairing and inspecting parachutes for American troops serving overseas in World War II.
“Those of us who haven’t served were sure to say a heartfelt thank you for giving us the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Rosie Samson, director of Community Relations at the Inn at Fairview, concerning the veterans.
The meal, provided by Fairview, included stuffed breakfast burritos, homemade red bliss potato home fries, homemade blueberry muffins, banana bread, sausage links and fresh fruit salad.
“The Inn at Fairview/Fairview Healthcare appreciates the sacrifices that have been made in the past as well as the service that is provided today,” Samson added.
The Inn at Fairview was added two months ago to give the facility expanded rehabilitation and specialized focus on memory care. Fairview will continue to serve the community with fundraisers and events throughout the year. One of the next major events will be a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 am to 1 pm to raise money to research a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.