More than 70 years have passed since they served their country, but it was made clear Nov. 7 that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. That day, 18 veterans who now make their home at The Waters on 50th senior living community in Edina were honored for their service during the community’s Fall Ball.
Among them, three World War Two heroes who each received Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor is a program started in 2003 by Delaware resident Catherine Roberts, whose son, Nate, had been deployed to Iraq. She felt a need to say “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor” to as many servicemen and women as she could.
Among the honorees was Sheldon Mandel, 97. Madel served 1943-1949 in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Medical Services Corp., and did a tour of duty with a M.A.S.H. unit aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Comfort.
Another veteran receiving a quilt was 96-year-old Chape McCabe, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1942-1946, spending time in the South Pacific.
Harold Lundeen, 95, was also honored with a quilt. Lundeen received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered while in action in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. He served with the U.S. Army’s Company B 187th Parachute Glider Infantry 11th Airborne Division 1944-1946.
A fourth resident who has previously received a Quilt of Valor, Jim Kemp, also lives at the community.
After the ceremony, the celebration continued with a champagne reception, dinner and dancing to The Execs Big Band, a 17 piece orchestra.