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Special wall pays homage to veterans

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About 30 percent of Victorian Square’s residents are veterans, and the assisted-living facility in Rockwood has developed a special wall to honor them.

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“We are blessed to have so many people living with us who served our country,” said Kelly Gibson, Victorian Square’s director of business development. “We want to show appreciation for them on a daily basis. This wall serves that purpose.”

Gibson said the assisted-living community wanted something “eye catching” to bring attention to the veterans wall. Help was sought from Miyoko Lemons to paint an American flag.

Lemons was born and educated in Okinawa, Japan. She became a U.S. citizen in the 1960s and moved to Rockwood in 2000.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, chose to become a librarian assistant to learn English and went on to be a civilian artist for the Army Special Services. The Marines came next, and Lemons taught Japanese to servicemen and women.

After moving to the U.S., Lemons was employed with the Japan Center of Tennessee at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.

She uses her talent to help her church, Eureka Baptist Church, with ministries such as Bible school and youth outreach programs.

Lemons views volunteering her talent as a ministry as a way to serve Jesus.

“We are thankful for her gracious gift by painting this beautiful American flag for our veterans wall,” said Barbara Satterfield, Victorian Square’s director of activities.

The facility will continue to add pictures to the wall.

“It’s a work in progress,” Gibson said.

“We continue to receive an interest from residents and families, and we have an opportunity to extend the pictures in two directions.”