Atria Larson Place of Atria Senior Living, 1450 Whitney Ave., hosted its annual Veterans Day breakfast last Friday “to show our appreciation to those who selflessly served our country. Dedicated to the health, well-being and social connection with the local community, we at Atria Larson Place want our Veterans to know that we honor their service.”

Breakfast was served at 0800 sharp and patriotic live music was performed by singer and pianist Brian Gillie as numerous veterans from the local community joined in on the fun.

“We salute our veterans and hope they enjoyed this special event.”

Ninety-four year old veteran and resident George Meinsen served in World War II in New Guinea as a rifleman and attended the breakfast. “I appreciate people honoring Veterans Day, we did what we had to do and as a result we are getting this gratitude. We appreciate the fact that we are not forgetting about the wars and the time we put into them to keep everybody safe and to keep the world safe.”

“The breakfast was good and we had long conversations with people,” continued Meinsen. “The world has a lot of confusion going on now but eventually it’ll get straightened out.”

Veterans within the community were invited to attend the breakfast held in Atria’s dining room. “We had approximately a dozen veteran community members attend and they sat with our residents and everyone had a chance to talk and enjoy themselves,” said Nicole Morin, Engage Life Director. “It’s always nice when the community comes in and our residents can have a relationship with people in the community.”

When asked of the event’s goal, “We want residents in the community to know that we appreciate their service and that we remember that they sacrificed a lot and that we will never forget the sacrifice they made for our country,” said Morin.

Along with their commitment to quality, Atria Senior Living states their mission as “recognizing the challenges of aging. We are dedicated to encouraging a fulfilling lifestyle and promoting independence. We listen; we engage life with pride, professionalism, creativity and fun. We strive to enhance lives and exceed expectations every day.”

“Atria is really great,” Morin added. “We have a really nice Veterans Wall where we put up pictures of our residents that served in uniform. We also have two women in our community that served in WWII - Grace Kulick and Florence Krukowski. Atria cares, we recognize and appreciate our veterans’ service.”