Nearly 60 veterans live in the community

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - PROUD TO SERVE - All the veterans living in the Royal Villas community who were present gathered together for a group photo in the Clubhouse following a Nov. 10 breakfast.Royal Villas residents decided to honor all the veterans in their community for Veterans Day and threw a breakfast bash on Saturday, Nov. 10, in their Clubhouse.

Tigard American Legion Post 158 provided a color guard to present the flags while everyone recited the pledge of allegiance and sang the "Star Spangled Banner" before a moment of silence and a prayer.

The color guard members stayed for breakfast, which was followed by a recognition ceremony.

Fred Buss was master of ceremonies and reported that he found 57 veterans living in the park; Buss read all their names and asked those present to stand up and be recognized, which was followed by a round of applause.

Some of the veterans brought souvenirs and memorabilia to share that were spread on tables around the room, and Buss noted that a photo board had been started that already had 25 photos on it. He asked every veteran to provide a photo "old or new" for the board.

The event concluded with the singing of the different branches of the military's fight songs accompanied on the piano.

Perhaps the person in the room most familiar with all the branches was Kathy Norris, who attended with her husband of just over a year, Don, who served in the Marines.

But previously, Kathy was married for seven years to a man who was an Army paratrooper, followed by a 26-year marriage to a Navy man and a 27-year marriage to a man who had served in the Army Air Force.

"I have crocheted 101 lap robes for the troops, and my son served in the Air Force for 24 years," she said.

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