Aldersgate residents share thoughts on Independence Day

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Aldersgate Senior Living Community didn't shy away from the opportunity to share their patriotic views for Independence Day, July 4.
Newscenter 11 visited Aldersgate to listen to what they had to say about the U.S.A. and freedom. The comments had to be edited for time purposes but other than that, we just listened.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God with liberty and justice for all," said Dawan Heap.

"I think it's very important for all of us," said Charlie Hardy.

"The flag stands for so many men that bled in foreign countries to keep us safe here," said Shirley Heap.

"I am so thankful for this country," said Mary Scott. "I am thankful for what our veterans have given us."

"I love our country, and our country does a lot for us," said Glenda Durden.

"The Star Spangled Banner has a lot of meaning," Hardy added.

"The didn't die because they wanted to be in the Army," said Shirley Heap.

"I will never forget," said Scott. "I wear this bracelet. It said 'gone but not forgotten'."

"When you're on foreign soil and you see the flag being raised or lowered," said Hardy.

"And I will never forget what our veterans have done for this country," Scott said.

"They died because they wanted to protect their families and their children back here," said Shirley Heap.

"And the Star Spangled Banner playing, it puts a chill in your spine because you know that's freedom," Hardy said.

"We have people in our country that keep us safe," Durden said.

"That's home," said Hardy.

"This is one of them. This is my granddaughter," said Durden. "She's in the Navy. Has been in for seven years."

"That's all that matters," said Hardy.

"Working here I am blessed to be able to work with and see and speak with and learn from many of the elders," said Terri Buchanan, life enrichment guide in assisted living at Aldersgate. "One of them was Mr. James Wesley Harvey. Mr. Harvey passed away back in September. He was kind. He served his country in World War II at a very young age, and he was so patriotic. You could just, in talking to him, tell how proud he was to be an American and how proud he was of the country and how proud he was of his service to the country."

"With liberty and justice for all," said Dawan Heap. "What more can you say?"