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Updated: 11/09/2013 08:00:03AM

Laughter and tears mark annual ceremony at Floral Lakes

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


As each branch of the service was named, Bob Blauvelt played that military branch's theme song. Afterward, a representative from each branch read out the names of those veterans who live in Floral Lakes. There also was a naming of those who served who no longer were alive. It was part of the senior community's annual Veterans Day tribute ceremony.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


At the base of the flagpole where the Floral Lakes senior community held its annual Veterans Day tribute rests a hand painted stone plaque paying tribute to veteran military men and women.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Following the outdoor ceremony paying tribute to U.S. military veterans, guest speaker Ken Leland gave a presentation in the Floral Lakes senior community clubhouse, comparing differences between World War II and the Vietnam conflict, where he served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Leland had to pause at times during his speech, such as he did here.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Of course there was cake, coffee and cold beverages served in the Floral Lakes senior community clubhouse following the conclusion of the outdoors ceremony honoring U.S. military veterans.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Set upon an easel were photos and magazine clippings of images taken during World War II.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Summerlin Academy cadet R.J. Reeves (left) and Senior Army Instructor Lt. Col. Steve Davis raise the American flag as military veterans and residents of the Floral Lakes senior community stand at attention. The flag flew over the nation's capital during August 2005.

By STEVE STEINER

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Physical infirmities could not compete with the hearts of those who live in Floral Lakes, a private subdivision for senior citizens, as its residents came out in numbers for the community’s annual Veterans Day tribute.

Held in a garden built by the residents several years ago as a memorial to all who served in the military, the ceremony was blessed with a comfortable autumn temperature and climate and the occasional breeze that caused Old Glory to flutter often in full majesty.

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