JASA Hosts Annual Veterans Celebration

DSC_0043BY AMANDA MOSES
Every year, JASA Starrett Senior Center hosts a patriotic concert for Veterans Day. Throughout the years, the center has had a dedicated group of veterans who have served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. As a diverse organization, there are also members who have served in their respective countries. In light of JASA’s multicultural group, they honored veterans who served in the United States and abroad, as well
as the nurses who took care of them during wartime.

On November 8th, the lower level of the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) emanated with patriotic spirit. Everyone was dressed for the occasion, whether it was veterans who donned their medals/military apparel, or members who wore red, white and blue attire. There was a sense of respect and comradery between
the seniors because many of them have lived through devastating wars (some even dating back to
World War II). During their longevity, these seniors have developed an appreciation for life and the beauty of freedom, which has often been protected by the armed forces.

The day’s celebrations began with a flag ceremony by the Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS), where they
recited the pledge of allegiance, and sang God Bless America. Daisies, Caddettes and Juniors saluted the veterans with a heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. There was even one Cub Scout member
who appeared awestruck when meeting the older veterans. Then the group of scouts distributed handcrafted “Thank you” cards to all of the veterans and other attendees.

After the scouts performed, JASA’s Chorus sang great all American songs: Hey, Look Them Over, The Yankee Doodle Boy, Grand Old Flag, Over There, and What A Wonderful World.

As a salute to the veterans, Ruth Horowitz, the President of JASA, read the lyrics to Taps, and then handed out gifts. The uplifting commemoration had everyone proud to be Americans.

Photos by Amanda Moses