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November 9, 2010 > Alma Via salutes veterans

Alma Via salutes veterans

Submitted By Jo Ann Driscoll

Alma Via of Union City, inspired by its residents and family members who have served our country as veterans, will offer the public many ways to learn about and celebrate the contributions of our nation's veterans during the Veterans Day holiday.

The public is invited to participate in a series of free events, which support the interests of the residents of Alma Via and its community. Alma Via of Union City is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community dedicated to service and amenities that promote independence and foster dignity, respect, and personal choice. It is part of the Elder Care Alliance, a non-profit, faith-based organization. The week-long salute to veterans showcases its values in action. All events will be held at 33883 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City.

Storytelling - Nov. 8 through 13
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Hear what it was like to take aerial photos over Germany, fight in the Pacific, Europe and Korea and more from local residents who participated in these conflicts.

Honk If You Love a Veteran on Veterans Day - Nov. 11
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In its second year, 24 Veteran Residents at Alma Via of Union City, including veterans from WWII and Korea, have fun waving signs, inviting a honk to recognize the service of our former veterans.

Pack Holiday Care Packages for Our Soldiers Abroad - Saturday, Nov. 13
1:30 p.m.
Create and assemble care packages for active duty participants stationed overseas. You're invited to join area veterans, family and friends, and local businesses that are contributing and assembling care packages, which will be sent to American troops.

Donations of hard candy, granola bars, nuts, travel size toiletries, socks (black, olive green or white cotton) and contributions to purchase supplies are currently being collected. Help is needed to pack donations in boxes to be sent for shipment. Join the effort to bring a bit of home to our sons and daughters serving in the military. Personal notes, art works made by AVUC residents and thank you letters for a soldier's service will also be included.

For information about how to participate in Alma Via of Union City's week-long salute to veterans call (510) 489-3800 or visit the website at

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