What Fourth of July means to a veteran at Holiday Retirement
When most of us think of 4th of July, we think of barbecues and fireworks. But for some of our nation’s bravest veterans, including several who live with us at Holiday Retirement, the day carries with it a far deeper meaning.
Gordon Lampitt, a senior living resident at Holiday Retirement's Yardley Commons community in Voorhees, New Jersey, is one of the very few proud veterans to have served in WWII, The Korean, and Vietnam wars. “I’ve served in every branch except the signal corps and the engineers,” explains Lampitt, who volunteered to serve in all three wars.
Despite his inspirational accomplishment, Lampitt speaks of his service very humbly. When asked if he feels proud of himself the accomplishment, he responded “Proud? I feel proud to the fact that I served my nation, yes. I served it to the best of my ability and gave them the best I had.”
So, this 4th of July, try to dedicate some time to reflection and appreciation. “It’s a day that we should be respectful because of all the military that are deceased and their families that had to suffer because of it,” explains Lampitt. “I think of them, I think of my own family. I think of the brother I lost, right after D-Day. I think of my other brothers who also served. I think of everyone who has made a sacrifice.”
To learn more about Holiday Retirement's Commitment to Veterans, visit Veteran Profiles and Spotlights, the Wall of Honor, Veterans History Project, and the Outward Bound for Veterans program.