Veterans Recognition Ceremonies Honor Two WWII Veterans' Service

​All of our patients who served in the armed forces have given so much to our country. That's why we take special pride in honoring their service at veterans recognition ceremonies. We recently celebrated two WWII veterans.


Nels "Bernie" Kleveland is being cared for the Westlake Home Care Team. His family and friends recently gathered at the Public House in Kamm's Corners to celebrate his service. 
Bernie was drafted into the Army at 18 and served as an ammunition loader in the 13th Armored Division throughout Germany. After the war, he got an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska before moving to Cleveland in the 1950's.
Half of the bar was reserved for Bernie's recognition ceremony, but by the time veteran volunteers Don Starks and Mike Coss finished the ceremony the whole room gave him a round of applause.


Mary Caterinacci is also a patient on the Westlake Home Care Team. She served in WWII with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC). She was based at Hunter Field Base Area Command in Savannah, GA as a WAAC technician. Her unit was expected to serve in Europe, but President Roosevelt died the day before they were set to deploy, and the order was cancelled. She was honorably discharged in November 1945. 


Mary's family and friends surprised her on her 98th birthday not only with a party, but with a veterans recognition ceremony. Veteran volunteer Dough Ely presided over the ceremony. 


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