Westminster Woods celebrates 4th and honors veterans

ST, JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Westminster Woods retirement home went all out to celebrate July 4th with their second annual bicycle and golf cart parade.

The residents had so much fun last year that they demanded to have it again.

More than 100 residents of independent living joined in the celebration after spending the past week getting their go carts washed and decorated, and showing a lot of creativity in the process..

"It allows us to go back and be kids you know what I mean," said Tom Mackner. "This is a fourth of July celebration like we used to remember. We didn't have golf carts then, for our age the golf carts works out very well by the way, it's a lot of fun."

The oldest resident, 101 year old Bernice Porterfield was a grand marshal as was Mary Ellen Hardee who's lived there the longest at 13 years.

"I just hope I am here to be it next year too," said Porterfield. "It has been fun, I was grand marshal last year too."

The retirement home also honored its veterans at the same time, placing 109 American flags in the courtyard, representing 109 veterans who live there. That is a significant number, as there are 465 total residents there.

The veterans were appreciative of the recognition.

"It is significant," said George Dickinson, a veteran of the Korean War. "I am reminded today of those who sacrificed for America." Veteran Charlie Eikner said he was reminded this day of those who sacrificed so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

"I am just happy to be an American, that is all I can say," said Porterfield.


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