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Memorial Day is Important to Many Clients

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Memorial Day Is Important to Many Clients

Home Instead Senior Care® and its CAREGivers know Memorial Day holds significance for many of their clients in the Winchester (Virginia) and Martinsburg (West Virginia) areas. The holiday is not so much a celebration as it is a time of somber reflection.

CAREGivers have several options on a Memorial Day weekend when they are assisting their clients. If mobility is not a challenge, some clients choose to decorate the graves of loved ones or experience a Memorial Day service.

In Winchester, an 11 a.m. service is set for Monday, May 27, at the Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Avenue, where the cemetery encompasses 4.9 acres. About 70 miles south of Winchester, another U.S. cemetery will hold an 11 a.m. service May 27. It is the Culpeper National Cemetery at 305 U.S. Avenue in Culpeper. Some Winchester residents have family members buried there since the Winchester National Cemetery capacity was reached many years ago.

In Martinsburg on May 27, the American Legion post’s traditional 11 a.m. service at War Memorial Park’s Main Pavilion, 600 N. Tennessee Avenue, will be preceded by a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30. The Main Pavilion is handicap-accessible and also has bleacher-style seating. A band is expected to play.

For many other seniors, the Public Broadcasting Service’s TV network will show its 30th Anniversary National Memorial Day Concert from 8 p.m. to 9:30 Eastern time Sunday, May 26. Most PBS stations will replay the concert immediately after the live show, from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. PBS stations also may replay the concert within a few days. The telecast from the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn will honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Ed Criger, a CAREGiver of the Month in Omaha, Nebraska, who is now retired, said: “The clients and I usually watched special TV programming such as the PBS concert.” The church elder and military veteran explained: “With some of my clients, I would read Scripture, usually from Psalms or Proverbs. Sometimes we would talk about family members who had passed away – usually war veterans who were related or close friends who died during a conflict.”

Ed, who served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969 and was stationed in South Korea for two years, added: “Memorial Day can be an emotional time. Sharing the holiday weekend with seniors can make a huge difference in their lives.”

All Home Instead CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment in Winchester, Virginia, please call (540) 722-8750 or apply online on our CAREGiver Careers page. For inquiries about employment in Martinsburg, West Virginia, please call (540) 722-8750 or CAREGivers can apply online.


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