If You’re Free, Thank A Vet event coming to Ventura

Honoring those who have served our country is something the managers of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura care deeply about.  But this year their annual event to honor Veterans has taken on even more significance.

“Our country is divided right now,” said Mike Macke, director of sales and marketing at Cypress Place Senior Living.  “We need to find common ground as citizens, no matter how small.  The one thing we can all agree on is the importance of honoring those who have served our country.”

To do this the senior community has launched their “If You’re Free, Thank A Vet” campaign.  During the month of June, pins with that saying on it will be available at Cypress Place for anyone who would like to stop by and pick one up.

“Maybe you have a neighbor who is a Vet,” said Steve Spira, executive director of Cypress Place.  “We ask that you stop by and get a pin to take to them.  Or wear it so they know you support them.  We are free to express our differences and beliefs because our Veterans stood watch, protected, and served unfailing for all.”

The pins will be available from June 1, 2017 until June 28, 2017 when the senior community hosts their annual “Salute To Our Veteran’s” celebration with a ceremony recognizing residents of Cypress Place, as well as members of the public, who served their country.  The event is free and open to the public.   All Veterans are encouraged to attend, as well as families, friends and neighbors.

A military Color Guard presentation will lead the tribute, followed by a special Veteran recognition, along with recognition of widows and widowers of Veterans.  Special guest speakers include Mike McManus, Veteran’s Service Officer from the County of Ventura, a keynote speaker from Naval Base Ventura County, and other dignitaries.  TAPS will also be played at this touching tribute.

A free BBQ lunch will follow the powerful program.   “Touching History”, a private war memorabilia collection by Tom Weaver will also be displayed, along with memorabilia from residents of the senior community.

“This is an event for the community to come out and show their support for Veterans, whether you know them or not,” said Macke.  “If you have children, bring them to meet someone who has served their country.   Let’s begin the process of uniting our country, one citizen at a time.”

The event begins promptly at 11am on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at Cypress Place Senior Living.  Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 805-650-8000.

Free shuttle parking will be available at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (corner of Ralston Street and Cypress Point Lane).

To learn more about Cypress Place Senior Living of Ventura, visit their web site at www.cypressplaceseniorliving.com.

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