JASA Hosts Annual Veterans Day Extravaganza

On November 13th, JASA Starrett Senior Center decorated the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) Aspen room in the grand old stars and stripes in celebration of Veterans Day. Every year, the senior center hosts a morning of music, gifts, and celebratory lunch for veterans who have served around the world.  Attendees came dressed in red, white and blue attire, and those who served in both foreign and domestic militaries adorned their medals and caps.

This public holiday is one of the most revered celebrations for JASA members, particularly because many of their participants have served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. Since JASA reaches such a diverse community, there are seniors who have also served in the foreign military, such as the Israeli Army, the Russian Air Force, and other locations.

The Starrett City Girl Scouts kicked off the commemoration with God Bless America, which the chorus and attendees sang along too. After their patriotic rendition, the scouts saluted the veterans, and offered them tokens of their appreciation. Cards, lanyards, and other craft projects were created by the scouts as heartfelt thanks for their service.

The event continued with beautiful performances by the JASA chorus, led by Choral Director, Vincent Sica. Some of the songs performed were: This is My Country, I’ll Be Seeing You, The Impossible Dream, Let There be Peace on Earth and many others.  The songs resonated with the crowd of seniors, who sang along as they were swept away in the exhilarating portrayal of American pride.

Photos by Amanda Moses