Rydal Park hosts “Virtual Honor Flight” on November 11

Public event honors local American veterans’ service and sacrifice

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (NOVEMBER 10, 2016):  Rydal Park, a premier continuing care retirement community in the Greater Philadelphia area, will host its first annual “Virtual Honor Flight” on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, in honor of area American veterans.

At 10 a.m., a simulation of “Honor Flight” will take place in which Rydal Park will feature pictures and videos from different trip stops including Arlington Cemetery, Marines Memorial, Air force Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. After the “tour” concludes, each veteran will receive an official certificate before being assisted through the halls to the outdoors for a HERO’s Welcome with Abington Police and Fire Departments.

“I had the honor of accompanying three Rydal Park Veterans and their family members on their Honor Flight last May, and realized the need to develop a virtual edition for those who are unable to make the trip to Washington, D.C.,” said Stacey Bergmann, Director of Recreational Therapy, Rydal Park. “We feel it is important to provide such a wonderful tribute, and allow each Veteran a high level experience of honor and respect for their sacrifices so the rest of us can live free.”

More than 70 veterans and some of the region’s most distinguished dignitaries will be attendance on Nov. 11, including Pennsylvania State Representative Madeleine Dean and Pennsylvania Commissioner Ben Sanchez.

Fred Malkin, a former remote control gunner in the U.S. Air Force, was one of three Rydal Park residents who took part in Honor Flight in the Spring. Malkin says, “There are periods of my life in the service that I will never forget. I kept hoping and hoping that I was going to be able to make it to the Air Force Memorial,” said Malkin. “I can’t help but think, ‘My God you’re a very lucky guy to have made it to this point in your life. These guys gave up their lives in those battlefields.’”

The Nov. 11 event is free and open to the public on a limited, reserved-seating basis by calling 215-376-6292.

Rydal Park is the largest senior living community within the Presby’s Inspired Life non-profit organization and a staple in Abington Township for more than 40 years. It is located at 1515 The Fairway in Jenkintown, PA 19046 (next to Whole Foods). For more information, visit www.ExploreRydalPark.org.

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About Rydal Park

Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations.