Honoring the military with special display
NILES – A special display to honor those who served in the military is being shown at area Shepherd of the Valley locations.
Kelly Stansloski, Shepherd of the Valley-Poland associate director, said at a recent Scrappers game, attendees remembered those that are serving or have served in the military.
She said staff from SOV provided people an opportunity to remember the active duty personnel or veterans in their lives by signing the person’s name and placing a silk red, white, and blue mixed carnation in a heart display located on the concourse.
“We had many positive responses. They were so pleased and grateful that an organization was taking the time to do something like this. They were really touched that we would recognize them in this way, ” Stansloski said.
“Many of those participating proudly signed their own names and told the Shepherd staff stories of their time in the service. The most touching experiences were when younger children were given the name of someone in the family or a friend who had served and allowed to put the carnation on the board,” she said.
The display will travel between the five Shepherd locations. Anyone wishing to add a carnation is welcome to stop in at one of the sites. There is no charge.
July 14-20 Shepherd of the Valley-Niles, 1500 McKinley Ave.;
July 21-27 Shepherd of the Valley-Howland, 4100 North River Road;
July 28-Aug. 3 Shepherd of the Valley-Corporate Office/at Home With Shepherd, Austintown.