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Retirement Community Held Special Service for Veterans

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Here in the Tennessee Valley, Magnolia Trace Retirement Community held a special service to thank their veteran residents. Each face has a story.

Sherwin Arculis, Col., U.S. Army (Ret), said, "I was in Korea in 1952, when I was on a night patrol, and was walking along a railroad track and kicked something in the dark of the night and found that I had kicked a mine which did not go off, that I will never forget." He also had 35 parachute jumps when he was with the 11th Airborne Division

More than 60 veterans living at the Magnolia Trace Retirement Community were thanked for their years of service. They represent the different branches of the military and served in numerous countries and wars. Lauwrence Grimes, Capt., Navy (Ret), said, "My ship is decommissioned. It was the U.S.S. Duluth. It was an amphibious assault ship, and I commanded her 35 years ago." Another veteran honored was Judy Stepler, a retired Colonel from the USAF.

Magnolia Trace honored their veterans Monday with a special slideshow of pictures they had gathered of them, flashbacks to their time in service, memories dating back, for some, as many 70 years. Sherwin Arculis, Col., U.S. Army (Ret), told us, "I am one of the millions of veterans who has taken it upon themselves to protect this country so everybody can have their freedoms. If it wasn't for the veterans, you wouldn't be doing this with me today."

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