America honored its veterans on Sunday. There were reminders of the armed forces all across the country, and the Puget Sound area.
At the 121-year-old Washington Soldiers Home and Colony in Orting, a ceremony was held on the historic grounds to honor veterans and recognize veterans of the future.
Veterans from three different wars attended the ceremony. All of the residents at the retirement home served in the Armed Forces and now live out their final years in the company of fellow servicemen and women.
“I woke up this morning, put my uniform on,” described U.S. Army Sgt. George Bush, “Told my wife I was going to come out and do this.”
Sgt. Bush, who is based at Ft. Lewis and served one tour in Iraq, hadn't known about the ceremony, but is glad he found it.
“I love hearing their stories. Just for me to learn why I’m here,” Sgt. Bush said.
He is also aware of difficulties current veterans have returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, finding jobs, housing and stability.
“I know it’s tough for veterans,” Sgt. Bush explained, “It’s a hard thing to explain.”
For older veterans, the day was a chance to reminisce and recognize their sacrifice and that of fellow soldiers.
Raymond McDade (Ret.) served in World War Two as Commander of a gunboat. He said perception of their efforts is improving.
“Last night, we had dinner around the corner,” McDade said, “Somebody bought us dinner. That didn’t used to happen.”