Editor's note: The Wall of Honor dedication has been canceled due to both staff and resident cases of COVID-19. The care facility does still plan to have a celebration internally for veterans. 

When you walk into the lobby of Lino Lakes Assisted Living and Memory Care, you are greeted by photographs of 13 (and counting) faces of military heroes who all served our country. 

Later this week, the care facility will hold a big reveal of its new Wall of Honor to pay tribute to residents who are veterans. Veterans and their families, along with other residents and community members, are invited to attend the dedication on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. 

Executive Director Lefawn Kibble came up with the idea to have a Wall of Honor earlier this year as a way to honor their residents who served. 

“We thought it would be really cool, because we have so many veterans here,” Activity Director Ronda Taber explained. Taber began working on the project a few months ago when she sent out letters to residents’ families. She then began collecting photographs and asking each of their veterans more about the branch they served in and their years of service. 

Taber enjoyed hearing all of the veterans’ stories. One interaction with a veteran particularly struck her. “I was talking to one of the veterans, and I said, ‘We are going to put you on the Wall of Honor.’

“He said, ‘I don't deserve to be on anybody's wall.’

“And I said, ‘Did you wear a uniform? Did you serve our country? Do you believe in the American flag? If yes, then you do belong on the wall.’ And tears just started flowing down his face.”

Currently, the wall has 13 veterans, but more will continue to be added as new veterans move into the building. The wall lists each resident’s name, branch served and their years of service. It has both current photographs of the veterans as well as some old photographs that have been donated by their families. 

David Space, 95, is one of the veterans who will be honored on the wall. Space served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1981. He spent most of his military career as a naval architect, designing ships.

Donald Ellis, 88, is another veteran featured on the wall. He served from 1953 to 1955 in the U.S. Army. He was drafted and sent to West Point to be a facilitator. (A facilitator was the second person in charge of checking on area post offices.)  

Both Space and Ellis were surprised to learn about Lino Lakes Assisted Living’s efforts to create a Wall of Honor, because they learned about it when Press Publications reached out to them. 

One resident said the Wall of Honor will allow residents “to learn about the people that live here.” 

 

Lead Editor Shannon Granholm can be reached at 651-407-1227 or quadnews@presspubs.com.

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