Ten members of the Teha Lanna Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution went out on Feb. 9 and 12 to local communities to distribute door signs to military veterans who currently reside in area nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

More than 70 signs have been now been placed in Stephenville Nursing Home, Mulberry Manor, Oakwood Assisted Living, Senior Care of Stephenville, DeLeon Nursing & Rehabilitation, and Dublin’s Golden Age Manor.

Members descended on the halls of these facilities to thank as many veterans as possible for their service while affixing the laminated signs to doors and hallways to indicate a veteran residing in the room.

The purpose of the project is to bring honor to those who sacrificed and served in years past while they are in the twilight of their lives.

“We wanted to show some of this area’s finest community members that they have not been forgotten and their work to secure the blessings of freedom we enjoy is still highly-valued,” said Katie Marcum, regent of the chapter. “Some of these residents may not have much family or many peers to come visit and recognize their service. We wanted to bring a bright spot in their day – a day not associated with or tied to any national day of recognition.”

“These signs can also help bring awareness to the aides, therapists and caretakers in the facility that may not have realized the proud history many of their patients are carrying,” said Sheri Morgan, chapter registrar. “It opens the door for conversations and expression of gratitude while highlighting the honorable work these men and women did in their youth.”

The Teha Lanna Chapter, NSDAR, is a vibrant genealogical organization based in Stephenville that has served the city and its surrounding communities for over 55 years, focusing its resources on DAR’s tri-fold mission of supporting education, historic preservation and patriotism. Highly active within this county and beyond, chapter members logged over 5,500 hours of community-service in 2017.

If you know an area veteran desiring a door sign that resides in another nursing facility or in private long-term care that was not included above, please contact Katie Marcum at khmarcum@gmail.com.