By Cody Willoughby
TROY — Veterans were honored at StoryPoint Senior Living Community in Troy on Friday during the dedication ceremony for the assisted living facility’s new “Veterans Tribute Room.”
After a bagpipe performance and invocation by members of the Troy Honor Guard, an official ribbon cutting took place, orchestrated by Brian Davenport, executive director at Storypoint.
Mayor Michael Beamish, the special speaker at the event, addressed those present for the dedication.
“Patriotism is alive and well in Troy, Ohio U.S.A.,” Mayor Beamish said. “Look no further than yourselves. Your presence here today is one positive example of support and appreciation from this community. This room demonstrates respect and appreciation to all that have served and all who continue to serve heroically to maintain freedoms of our country. It also brings recognition to those family members who made the necessary sacrifices while loved ones went out to protect and serve. Sometimes we forget what a struggle it is for those families as well.”
Davenport then addressed the crowd, saying, “My grandfather was a World War II veteran, but he never spoke about it very much. Since starting this project and seeing it through to completion, I and the staff of this facility have learned so much about the veterans who shared those similar experiences, which has made the project fulfilling for us already. We are so grateful to our veterans, and are privileged to provide care and love to many of our heroes and their families at this facility.”
Sean Tracy, who represented the CSIG Holdings Veterans History Project, also addressed the residents in attendance and gave thanks to those who served.
“40 million men and women have served this country since 1776,” Tracy said. “Half of those who served have done so since World War II. You are all heroes to me. I don’t care if you saw combat, served as a cook, a clerk, or a truck driver. If you wore the uniform, you’re a hero. You all paid for this years ago when you wore the uniform, and this new room is payback to you. It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”
Appetizers were provided to attendants proceeding the dedication.
The multi-purpose room will provide space for many of the facility’s recreational functions, including film screenings and live performances.
For more information, visit www.storypoint.com.