KleinLife recognizes veterans in ceremony

KleinLife held its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony to honor those who dedicated their service to protecting the country.

From left: Isadore Goldberg, of the Jewish War Veterans Post 98, Larry Holman, Lt. Commander U.S. Navy, retired, the featured speaker, Shelley Geltzer, KleinLife program director of active adult life, Mary Ferrer, U.S. Navy retired, Gilbert Benedict, JWV Post 98, and Jerry Frank, JWV Post 575.

In the KleinLife theater, veterans were asked to stand as a crowd cheered them on. Around a dozen people who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force stood to applause in recognition of their service.

KleinLife hosted its annual ceremony in recognition of Veterans Day, honoring local residents who dedicated their services to protect the country. Students in the Frankford High School Honor Guard began the salute with a presentation of the colors.

Larry Holman, former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, spoke to the audience about how life for veterans and the country has changed recently.

Larry Holman, a Northeast Philadelphia native who served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and commander of the Department of the Pennsylvania Jewish War Veterans of America, was the featured speaker. He spoke about how the world has changed since the Vietnam War.

“The challenge for humanity is for each human being to see him or herself as a sovereign human being, and recognize their sovereignty by ignoring all that separates and divides human beings from one another,” he said.

The program was followed by a luncheon and entertainment provided by vocalist Gregg Albert.

KleinLife participants salute the Frankford High School Honor Guard.