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Honoring our Veterans
May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 2:40 pmFree
“Honoring our Veterans” at New Cassel is a beautiful tribute to those who defended this country and gave us all the freedom we have today. We, as a community, are called to salute our heroes for their sacrifice and fortitude in protecting our homeland and our way of life. They made sacrifices that many of us could never dream of making. We take great pride in thanking these men and women who call New Cassel Retirement Center and the Franciscan Adult Day Centre home. There is no other group of people we owe more to than our veterans. Each day of the year, our veterans underwrite our freedom and security. Because of their sacrifice, we are able to raise our children, vacation, and work in a free country.
Our 40 minute event will encompass posting of the colors, a guest speaker, thank you’s to our veterans and spouses of veterans, the playing of Taps and refreshments for our guests. This year we welcome Father Dave Reeson as our guest speaker. Father Dave Reeson hails from Fremont where he attended St. Patrick School, Archbishop Bergan High School and is a proud graduate of Fremont High. He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His graduate work and preparation for the priesthood were completed at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and at Creighton University.
Before entering the Air Force as a chaplain in 1981, Father Reeson served St. Bernard and Christ the King parishes in Omaha, and he was the director of vocations for the archdiocese and campus ministry at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.
Father Dave’s military career has taken him to several US bases, as well as Greenland, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Turkey, the Middle East, Germany, Africa and Japan. He has received a number of awards and decorations for his dedication to our great country and to our troops. These include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and the United Nations Medal.
Father Reeson retired from the Air Force in 2011 after spending nearly 31 years in the military – including 19 years on active duty. In 2011 he began serving as the Chaplain at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha. In 2015 Father Dave became the 7th pastor in the history of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion where he serves the needs of the people.
Please join us and say ‘thank you’ to the 45 veterans from New Cassel Retirement Center and Franciscan Adult Day Centre. They served us in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
FirstLight Home Care – Jaye Firmature McCoy is the generous sponsor for this very important event.
American Legion Post #1 will Post the Colors, play Taps and conduct a rifle salute. Each veteran will receive a patriotic gift and spouses of veterans will receive red, white and blue flowers, courtesy of Honor and Remember Nebraska Chapter.
Please contact Cindy Petrich, President of the New Cassel Foundation, at 402.390.5317 with any questions or donations to New Cassel Retirement Center or Franciscan Adult Day Centre.