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Nursing Home Week celebrates with aliens, WWII veterans

Post-Star - 5/22/2024

May 21—QUEENSBURY — Warren Center celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week Friday with a unique party, and recognized a local World War II veteran.

The National Skilled Nursing Care Week theme this year is "Radiant Memories- A Tribute to the Golden Age of Radio."

The theme inspired the Warren Center in Queensbury to hold a unique celebration which included an alien spaceship crash (which was faux-investigated by the Warren County Sheriff's Office), and recognized Richard Lee, a Glens Falls veteran who served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

"It's national Nursing Home Week, and we found a gem. He's a World War II veteran, which is very hard to find at this time," said Holly Desnoyers, Recreation Director at Warren Center.

Warren Center played the classic recorded version of the War of the World radio story from 1938 on a 1940 Zenith radio earlier this week, and played a variety of different games and activities relating to the radio tale.

The Warren Center then used aliens and the military from War of the Worlds as the theme of Friday's event.

Sen. Dan. Stec, a Republican from Queensbury, recognized Lee at Waren Center Friday.

A Navy Veteran and a member of the Veteran's Committee, Stec said he was proud to be able to recognize a seasoned veteran like Lee.

He presented Lee with a new veteran hat and a boutonniere.

Lee was born in 1925 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-1945. He served aboard the USS Newell, a destroyer escort, which guarded a number of convoys from the U.S. East Coast through German submarines and bombers to the Western Mediterranean.

Lee was involved in the largest sea rescue in the Atlantic war, and the entire crew of the Newell received the Bronze Star for their work.

"Thank you for your service," Stec said.

In going along with the event's theme, Warren Center had several classic vintage cars on-site, and Lee selected a blue Chevy Belair that he and Stec took for a ride.

The "Radiant Memories" theme is a call to honor the enduring legacy of skilled nursing care centers. In these centers, residents and staff contribute to the creation of radiant memories, akin to the cherished moments shared through music and stories over the radio waves.

Radio broadcasts have played a pivotal role in American life, from presidential fireside chats and war updates to old-time radio dramas and American Top 40 hits. Families and friends gathered around the radio to hear the latest music and tune into their favorite shows.

Established by AHCA in 1967, the skilled nursing week, starts each year on Mother's Day and encourages skilled nursing care centers around the country to host a variety of events that shine a light on the individuals who reside, work, and volunteer at the various centers.

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Correction: We inadvertently wrote the wrong name of the honoree. We apologize for the error. The name has been corrected online and in the photo caption.

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