Carthage Healthcare Center honored its veterans at a Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday morning.
The program included the presentation of colors by the Panola County Honor Guard, as well as the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “My Country, Tis of Thee” by Panola College students.
Skylar Thomas and Mark McSweeney, the Texas Home Health Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, performed a patriotic magic show. The duo did a magic trick pouring tea into three stacked cups, and the tea appeared in red, white and blue. McSweeny talked about what each color in the flag represents, saying that white signifies purity and innocence, red signifies hardiness and valor, and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.
Veteran Kelly Rolland, MSW with Texas Home Health Hospice, gave the address and told residents that she was honored to be speaking with them on such an important occasion.
“We’re here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication,” Rolland said. “To say thank you for their sacrifices. Thinking of those who join us in this group today, and those who are here only in spirit, a person can’t help but feel awed by the enormity of what we encounter. We stand in the midst of patriots and family and friends of those who have nobly served. ... Thank you for answering the call to duty.”
After the address, the veterans who reside at Carthage Healthcare Center were individually recognized and given a certificate. The program closed with a prayer, and the playing of “Tap” by Maggie Sims with Panola College.