Sometimes the smallest gestures can have the biggest impact.
On Thursday, the simple act of placing small silver pins on the lapels of 17 veterans at Garden Estates of Tyler brought proud smiles to the faces of the veterans recognized and cheers from those in attendance.
“I don’t believe there was a veteran here that didn’t enjoy being recognized today,” said Harold Arnold, who served the Army from 1952-1955 as field artillery. He was deployed to Korea at the end of the Korean War. “It was truly a nice gesture. Everyone enjoyed getting their pin and having the sheriff do it made it even more special.”
With the help of the staff at the retirement community, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith handed out certificates and placed pins on the veterans to honor their service. Residents also were treated to snacks and entertainment before the ceremony, which dozens from the community attended.
“It was an honor for me to come here and do this today,” Smith said. “To see all the different branches here that were represented amazes me.”
Smith said the ceremony was especially important to him because members of his own family have served the country, including his dad, who served as military police.
Kindred Home Health and Kindred Hospice provided the pins for the ceremony.
The wives and mothers of veterans were also recognized and given yellow roses for taking care of their families while their loved one was deployed.