Plum's Longwood honors its war veterans

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Monday was Veterans Day, and Longwood at Oakmont got into the act.

The Plum senior community, where a number of veterans reside, sponsored a luncheon in their honor.

And they heard from a special guest.

"We had Jack Bogut from WJAS to talk about 'The Greatest Generation,' " said senior sales coordinator Lindsay Coulter, who conducted it. "His topic was 'The Importance of Telling Your Story.' After his talk, we honored all the veterans" -- about 85 of them, most from World War II but a few from the Korean War.

As part of the program, the community sponsored a Hall of Heroes exhibit, displaying items residents donated -- "Old newspapers from the day the war was over, any old books, an old uniform, medals, pictures, plaques," Ms. Coulter said. The items were returned to the residents immediately after.

Longwood at Oakmont is also serving as a drop-off center for Military Connections, a local nonprofit which sends, among other things, holiday care packages to active-duty soldiers in the field.

Among the items that would be welcomed are "candy, canned goods, granola bars, playing cards, batteries, Gatorade -- anything that you could put in a stocking," Ms. Coulter said. "But they really weren't involved in [Monday's] event."

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 5.

Ms. Coulter can be reached at 412-826-5891.

Rick Nowlin: or 412-263-3871.

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