U.S. Military Veterans at Noble’s Pond Continue to Serve and Support
Veterans Day, the official United States public holiday, is observed annually on November 11, and honors all military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces.
In the past years, a significant number of military veterans have moved to Noble’s Pond, and callDelaware’s premier active living community home. Three years ago, the active and engaged residents at Noble’s Pond formed their own official Veterans Association to serve and support the community.
On Veterans Day in 2014, Noble’s Pond was getting ready to host a special event for its residents, but the original color guard was waylaid, jeopardizing the planned Flag Ceremony. U.S. Marine Veteran Bob Sly, one of Noble’s Pond’s residents, together with Walt Waite, another resident and Veteran who had served in the U.S. Navy, stepped in and presented the colors.
Quickly afterwards, a formal Veterans Association was established at Noble’s Pond, and Mr. Sly currently presides over 47 Noble’s Pond residents who represent many different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine.
“Our Veterans Association is quite active,” says Mr. Sly. “We help coordinate the Veterans Day celebrations at Noble’s Pond, and this year we are hosting a Veterans Day Dinner Dance on November 18 for the entire community. Annually, we honor the fallen on Memorial Day by placing American flags in front of every mailbox in our community.”
The group, which meets every month, also holdssuccessful fundraising events during the year, including two Pancake Breakfasts, and members participate in a number of parades and flag presentations throughout the area.
“We are here to offer our support to any military organization that wants assistance, and we are honored to do so,” notes Mr. Sly, an Infantry Marine who was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1961 to 1967.
It is interesting to note that Noble’s Pond is located near Dover Air Force Base, home to the 436th Airlift Wing, and the 512th Airlift Wing. Team Dover refers to both of the Wings, and its mission focus is to safely fix and fly aircraft, prepare and deploy Airmen, move cargo, and return America’s fallen heroes with dignity, honor and respect.
About Noble’s Pond
Award-winning Noble’s Pond is Delaware’s premier 55+ community, located on almost 300 acres of peaceful farmland near Dover, the state’s charming capital with its fine restaurants, culture and history.
The well-designed community offers top amenities, including a beautifully appointed clubhouse, a large outdoor pool, bocce courts, a putting green, tennis and pickleball courts, a five-acre pond with a pier and observation deck, and a healthy community garden.
Visit Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes on Mondays – Saturdays from 10am – 5pm and on Sundays from noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit http://www.noblespondhomes.com.