It was a worrisome situation from the beginning--how to celebrate a special birthday--the 103.
They are always announcing on the history television shows that there are really not too many World War 2 veterans left and this special lady was getting ready to celebrate her 103rd.
Yes, that would be France B who served in the WAVES from 1943-1945.
She was stationed in Hawaii when the commanding officer issued the words, "Pack up your papers and finish your work, the war is over, we are going home!"
She often tells the story of joining the WAVES after hearing the radio announcement on a daily basis asking--What are you doing to help the United States in the war effort.
After training in New York and Oklahoma most of her time was spent in Hawaii.
So many benefits have been realized for Frances from her military service with her stay at the Veterans Homes in Chula Vista being just about the best.
While her care is always top notch and the food and the facility is wonderful the birthday celebration they helped us organize was very appreciated.
One can easily guess that even though it was a very important day not too many of her relatives or contemporaries were available to participate in the celebration.
We had a cake in the cafeteria and shared our happiness with all the available residents and workers that wanted to join in and we felt so lucky that so many folks participated.
They provided decorations by Shannon and very good suggestions on where to be and set up for pictures and gorgeous flowers from Mr. and Mrs. Hank Schanstra.
As a special treat we had a visit from a representative from the VFW Post 2111 in Chula Vista proudly attired in his Navy uniform. Wow! That was so nice and so impressive--the Navy and the VFW was really so kind and thoughtful in regards to my mother.
We always love a man in uniform--it lends a certain importance to the day.
Shannon also organized picture taking from photographer, Les Brigham, at The Veterans Home.
Seriously, I cannot thank everyone enough for making this day so memorable for my mother and her family.
It was important to us and her, but honestly, we really did not know how to go about it or who to include--there were not too many folks to include.
Thank you to everyone at the VFW of Chula Vista and the Veterans Home for celebrating with us and for helping us and for your very good ideas.
Thank you for taking time to include my mother and her 103rd in your day.
Frances lived most of her life in the North Park area of San Diego, a native attending Wodrow Wilson jr. high School and also in the first graduating class of Herbert Hoover high School of 1935