West Bloomfield Police Department honor guard members Randy Johnson, right, and David McNealy, left, fold an American flag before presenting it to veterans at American House in West Bloomfield on Friday, Nov. 10, as part of a Veterans Day celebration.

West Bloomfield Police Department honor guard members Randy Johnson, right, and David McNealy, left, fold an American flag before presenting it to veterans at American House in West Bloomfield on Friday, Nov. 10, as part of a Veterans Day celebration.

Photo provided by Penny Gibbs


Local veterans honored in ceremony in West Bloomfield

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 16, 2017

 Family and friends of residents at American House participate in the celebration.

Family and friends of residents at American House participate in the celebration.

Photo provided by Penny Gibbs

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Though it was a day early, local veterans living at the American House senior living center were honored by the West Bloomfield Police Department Friday, Nov. 10.

At a Veterans Day event at the care facility, the West Bloomfield police honor guard presented the senior veteran residents with an American flag and gave each of the 19 veterans pins and thanked them for their service. 

“The West Bloomfield honor guard would like to present this flag to all the veterans here at American House, in honor and memory of the service and sacrifices you’ve made to the United States of America,” said honor guard Officer David McNealy. “Thank you very much for your service.” 

McNealy, along with honor guard Officer Randy Johnson, helped hand out pins and thank each veteran resident. Of the roughly 70 residents at the home, many of the men and a few of the women have served in some branch of the service.

Residents were able to enjoy a happy hour with their friends and family members who visited. 

“You can see how emotional they get,” said Penny Gibbs, life enrichment director at American House. “It always gets to me.” 

Gibbs, who organized the event, said she’s happy the residents get to take part in an event that recognizes their past service. Even the residents who haven’t served attended the event to see their friends get recognized.

“They’re very proud of their service, as they should be, and of their time (in the war),” she said. “We obviously owe them everything. We wouldn’t be here, this country wouldn’t be here, without them.”