World War II Army Veteran Robert H. “Bob” Parker was honored for his military service in a special ceremony held on the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion in Normandy, France at Homestead Assisted Living in Chariton this past Thursday morning, June 6.
Parker is 101 years old and he’ll be 102 in August. He has lived at Homestead for 10 ½ years.
Two of Parker’s relatives were present for the ceremony including his niece, Sherry Haas, and nephew, Jeff Johnson, the former Chariton Police Chief. Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton conducted the ceremony.
Circle of Life Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Sarah Wendland presented Parker with a D-Day remembrance plaque at the ceremony, which said, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”
Parker served in the Army at Fort Ord in Monterey Bay, Calif., for about a year in 1945-46. He spoke briefly about it being very hard to leave his wife and child when he went into the service.
James Curry, the Director of Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton, spoke about D-Day.
“It’s June 6 today, the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion where the Allied Forces went into Europe and liberated it, changing the course of history. You’re part of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ Thank you for being willing to serve your country and for what you did,” Curry told Parker.
Curry then knelt and read the 91st Psalm, which is the Soldier’s Psalm, to Parker.
Curry said to Parker that he lived through the Great Depression and helped win a war for his country.
Lucas County Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Dave Amos, then pinned the Hospice Ribbon Ceremony pin on Parker and then saluted him and thanked him for his service.
Parker was very gracious and humble for the recognition he received.
“This is unexpected and appreciated and very nice. A lot of military men here don’t think of it being anything extraordinary. I’m no different than lots of other people,” Parker said.
Curry then thanked all American veterans who have served the United States.
Read the June 11, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.