Silver Star RecipientDecember 28, 2016
This WOW! Moment was 40 years in the making, and we were honored to be able to bestow the third-highest military decoration on one of our own Raintree Terrace Memory Care residents. Retired Lt. Col. Eric Oglesby finally received his long awaited Silver Star Medal for his courage and valor in the Vietnam War. According to a local news story, Oglesby had mentioned to his wife Lisa that he was supposed to get the Silver Star but it never arrived. The missing medal remained in the back of her mind until he was diagnosed with dementia. At that point, she made it her mission to track down the Silver Star so he could finally wear it with pride.
We invited Oglesby's friends and family, our senior care staff members of the Armed Forces, veterans living at Raintree Terrace, and government dignitaries to join us for this monumental celebration. Retired Major General Fred Womack had the honor of pinning Oglesby with his long awaited Silver Star in front of a large group of proud loved ones and guests. We felt honored to be able to host this special occasion to celebrate Oglesby as a hero not only in the war, but in his current battle with dementia.
We decorated Raintree Terrace with red, white, and blue for the celebration, and our kitchen staff made a variety of appetizers for all the guests. This event was truly a team effort. We can't thank everyone involved enough for all of their hard work in putting it together, in addition to all the retired veterans who were present for their service. It was a special day that we won't soon forget.
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