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Royal Villas hails all of its resident veterans

Fifty-eight veterans live in the 55-plus community


by: BARBARA SHERMAN - RED, WHITE AND BLUE ARE COLORS OF THE DAY - At the Royal Villas Clubhouse, the Tigard American Legion Post 158 color guard posts the colors at the beginning of the event.Royal Villas again honored its resident veterans with a Veterans Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 9 in the Clubhouse that started with the presentation of the flags courtesy of the honor guard of American Legion Post 158 in Tigard.

The group recited the pledge of allegiance and sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" along with the fight songs of the branches of the military - "Anchors Aweigh," "The Army Goes Rolling Along," "Marine's Hymn" and "Wild Blue Yonder" plus other patriotic tunes, including "God Bless America."

Fred Buss, who acted as master of ceremonies, read off a roll call of the 58 veterans residing in Royal Villas; he noted that there are photos of 32 of them in the Clubhouse and asked the rest of the resident veterans to loan photos for scanning to complete the project.

On display was a 46-star U.S. flag that has been in the family of John Russie, the father of Fred's wife Dottie, since 1935, along with other memorabilia brought by other veterans.

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - RAPT ATTENTION - Royal Villas residents listen to the program honoring veterans following breakfast in the Clubhouse.One of those attending the breakfast was Florence Culp, whose second husband William joined the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. He later joined the National Guard, and two months later all the units were activated, and he was sent to Korea.

William was captured in May 1951 and held as a prisoner of war until the end of the war in July 1953.

"We had 18 years together before he died in 1990, and he was active in the Korean War POW group," Florence said.