Donald Walkley, a resident at Wesley Village and WWII veteran, made a request to Kris Varone, the facility’s maintenance man, to have an American Flag placed on the campus grounds. Walkley said he didn’t have high expectations as far as flags go, but was pleasantly surprised when he saw the flag being raised on the Sept. 16 flag dedication ceremony.
“I would have been good with a small flag,” said Walkley. “Instead we now have a full-size flag hanging out front that I and other veterans can be proud of.”
Varone said he was happy that he could help do something nice for Walkley.
Along with another resident named John Bernier, Walkley also took part in the raising of the flag ceremony. Kelly Coppola, receptionist and administrative assistant, said the staff over at Crosby Commons invited her father to assist the veterans in the raising of the flag ceremony for his patriotism and integrity.
Coppola’s father, Joe Santagata, is very active with the Marine Veterans League out of Stamford, participates in parades, flag raising ceremonies, and food drives.
The senior community’s director, Lori Pisani, said she was very grateful to have the veterans come together for the ceremony and assured them the flag would be safe under all climate conditions as it remains outside.
The Wesley Village campus consists of four communities; Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, Crosby Commons & Wesley Heights Assisted and Independent Living communities, and Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care. Services include independent & assisted living, specialized memory support, short-term rehab and skilled nursing and long-term, dementia and hospice care. The Wellness Center offers outpatient therapy and fitness services and is open to the general public.