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Country Meadows nursing home pays tribute to resident veterans

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 07 2013 05:53:08 PM CST

Veterans Day is Monday, but the folks at Country Meadows Nursing Home in Northampton County got a jump on the holiday Thursday.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

More than 100 residents of the Country Meadows nursing home in Bethlehem share a common bond. They're all United States veterans.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright was the keynote speaker at the home's veterans luncheon Thursday. The event was to honor the service and sacrifice the men and women made for our country.

Many of the vets wear their honor like a badge. Donald Tetamore, 76, still squeezes into his Army uniform.

"It's a little tight," he said. "But I wear it once and a while when I get a chance."

Tetamore was 21 years-old in 1958. After spending eight weeks at Fort Dix in New Jersey for basic training, he was shipped off to Panama.

"I served from 1958 to 1960 in the Panama Canal Zone. I was there primarily to guard the canal," Tetamore said.

It may have been peacetime when Tetamore was in Central America, but it doesn't minimize his service.

"I feel proud that I was in the Army," he smiled. "Just to have that experience, that training, and to wear the uniform."

For him, and the others at Country Meadows, Veterans Day is a time to reflect and know their service is appreciated.

"It helps to preserve our freedom and our liberty that we have in our country," Tetamore shared.