Elan Gardens celebrates Veterans Day honoring resident and staff veterans

By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com | November 13th, 2017 7:30 pm

S. ABINGTON TWP. — Elan Gardens celebrated Veterans Day with a program honoring its residents and staff members who served in the military. The event, initially planned to begin outdoors with a flag raising and 21-gun salute by members of VFW Post 7069, was forced indoors by the cold weather, featuring instead a flag-folding demonstration.

The program also included a brief presentation by VFW Chaplain and Clarks Summit Borough Councilman Patrick Williams, a patriotic sing-a-long with musicians Jim Selingo and Frank Casty, both U.S. Army Reserves veterans, and a dessert reception.

Williams and VFW Post Commander Don Jones conducted the flag-folding demonstration.

Elan Gardens residents who served in the U.S. Army include Paul Burke, WWII; Anthony Duboski, post Korea; James Ellenbogen, WWII; Joseph King, WWII; Robert Mancabelli, post Korea; and Alfred Reich, WWII. Resident Edmund Bezak served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Residents who served in the U.S. Navy are Robert Habeeb, WWII; Thomas Hopkins and Albert London, WWII. Resident Leonard Albert served in the U.S. Public Health Service during WWII.

Elan Gardens staff members who served in the military include Stephanie Gleason, U.S. Navy; Bobbie O’Donnell, U.S. Army Reserves; and Alan Scango, U.S. Army National Guard.

VFW Post 7069 Commander Don Jones makes introductory remarks at the Nov. 10 Veterans Day ceremony, held in a red, white and blue adorned auditorium at Elan Gardens.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-1.jpgVFW Post 7069 Commander Don Jones makes introductory remarks at the Nov. 10 Veterans Day ceremony, held in a red, white and blue adorned auditorium at Elan Gardens. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
Guest speaker Patrick Williams, VFW Post 7069 chaplain and Clarks Summit Borough councilman, greet Army veteran Alfred Reich before the Veterans Day program at Elan Gardens.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-2.jpgGuest speaker Patrick Williams, VFW Post 7069 chaplain and Clarks Summit Borough councilman, greet Army veteran Alfred Reich before the Veterans Day program at Elan Gardens. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
Army veteran Michael Rogan sings during the Veterans Day observance at Elan Gardens.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-3.jpgArmy veteran Michael Rogan sings during the Veterans Day observance at Elan Gardens. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
Elan Gardens residents and WWII veterans, from left, James Ellenbogen, Army, and Leonard Albert, U.S. Public Health Service, listen to a speech during the Veterans Day celebration Nov. 10 at the nonprofit Jewish senior living community.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-4.jpgElan Gardens residents and WWII veterans, from left, James Ellenbogen, Army, and Leonard Albert, U.S. Public Health Service, listen to a speech during the Veterans Day celebration Nov. 10 at the nonprofit Jewish senior living community. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
U.S. Air Force veteran Dick Broxton shares a moment with a fellow VFW member during the Veterans Day program at Elan Gardens.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-5.jpgU.S. Air Force veteran Dick Broxton shares a moment with a fellow VFW member during the Veterans Day program at Elan Gardens. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
U.S. Navy veteran Albert London listens to the patriotic sing-a-long that was part of the Veterans Day festivities held Nov. 10 at Elan Gardens.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-6.jpgU.S. Navy veteran Albert London listens to the patriotic sing-a-long that was part of the Veterans Day festivities held Nov. 10 at Elan Gardens. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
Members of VFW Post 7069, of Clarks Summit, conduct a flag-folding demonstration during Elan Gardens’ Veterans Day program in the auditorium of the nonprofit Jewish senior living community.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Elan-Vets-7.jpgMembers of VFW Post 7069, of Clarks Summit, conduct a flag-folding demonstration during Elan Gardens’ Veterans Day program in the auditorium of the nonprofit Jewish senior living community. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

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