November 11, 2015 // 4:05 PM

Veteran’s Day Appreciation

Written by Trish Lauer

One of my responsibilities as Storyteller is preparing and sending out press releases. It’s a unique world to navigate, as there are many different outlets that need information sent to them in a variety of ways. When it came time to prepare a media alert (one type of release) for the annual program GSV holds for resident veterans, I knew it was important to not only do a good job for the sake of the release but to do right by the people the program was being held for.

A very neat part of GSV is the archive room. There are all sorts of things there; back copies of various publications we have, items that highlight the development of the community and more. In preparation for the preparation (yes, you read that right) of this particular release, I made my way down to the archive room to learn more about the veterans, past and present, that are a part of Garden Spot’s story.

Some things I was already aware of. However, as I took a seat and began looking through the large binders filled with memories of these brave men and women, it was all laid out in front of me. Immediately, I was engrossed in each story told. It was fascinating to read first-hand accounts of things I had learned about, but at much more of a distance. They were compelling, personal and very real. To say I was moved would be something of an understatement.

Before I knew it, I had spent two hours tucked away learning more about our residents than I ever had before. I had gained more knowledge and information than I could have hoped for, but more importantly, I gained an even deeper appreciation for the people who live here. Venturing into the archive room and reading the stories of their service has been one of the most rewarding aspects of a job that I already find rewarding, for which I’m very thankful.