Residents, friends, staff, family, and guests gathered at Natchitoches Community Care Center to honor our nation’s veterans, past and present. Pastor James B. King of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church gave the invocation. Ms. Georgia Locke led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. A lovely poem was recited by Ms. Elizabeth Johnson, followed by the singing of America the Beautiful. Mrs. Dawn Brewer introduced the keynote speaker, Mr. Carl I. Walters II, Chief Executive Officer of Outpatient Medical Center, Inc.
Carl I Walters II grew up in a military family. He is the eldest son of Carl and Betty Walters. His father served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Air Force pilot. The elder Walters was shot down twice over Vietnam and lived to tell the tale both times. It is from this type of early emotional and psychological strengthening that molded Mr. Walters to go to college and earn a degree in Healthcare Administration and later to go through rigorous officer training in Newport, Rhode Island.
Mr. Walters went on the serve as the Head of Outpatient Services at Naval Hospital Millington, Tennessee. He later served as Commanding Officer of Camp Schwab and Commanding Officer of Camp Hansen Medical Clinic, both in Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Walters chose to begin the next chapter of his professional life by leaving the Navy with an honorable discharge on December 31, 1991.
Mr. Walters spoke to the residents, staff, and guests of the importance of remembering those who sacrificed so much that we all could live in peace and sleep at night under a blanket of freedom provided by those sacrifices. “From World War I through the Iraq War, hundreds of thousands of brave men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice. We should never forget or take for granted what they gave for us. Nor should we ever forget the sacrifices our service members make on a daily basis so that we may live freely and conduct our lives as we choose.”
Mr. Link Martin, administrator of Natchitoches Community Care Center welcomed all guests and introduced Ms. Elizabeth Anderson who pinned veteran pins on all veterans in attendance to include residents, the guest speaker, and visitors.