On Monday, Nov. 12, the House of Steel Marines brought Veterans Day to the residents of the Atria Tamalpais Creek Senior Living home in Novato and enjoyed a terrific barbecue. The young recruits paraded the service flags in both the dining room and outside to the enjoyment of all including families who were there. Al Crozier led the singing of "God Bless America" and all were in fine voice.
After the colors were retired the residents were eager to meet and learn about the young men and women. It turns out that among the residents were four Iwo Jima Marines and one sailor who was at sea off the island during the battle. Two of the ladies were widows of World War II prisoners of war and virtually 100 percent were either veterans or widows of veterans. One former Naval officer had a book that he had written about his cruise and a scrapbook that he was most proud of.
We intend to bring the colors back as often as we can and especially on days such as Memorial Day, and especially the Fourth of July. Since many of the Atria residents are not able to attend the annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Novato, we will bring it to them — at least the marching Marines and colors and as many other entrants who will take the added time to turn left onto Seventh Street then on down a couple of long blocks to Atria Tamalpais Creek.
It will take some effort and planning, but by golly we are going to make it work. They deserve it, as do the residents of Creekside across the street.