Parade honors Thomson-Hood veterans

Published 1:35 pm Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Residents of the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore were feted with a parade last Friday.

There was a JROTC color guard, police cars with sirens sounding, a twirling dancer with a sheer purple cloth, colorful classic cars in mint condition and many families waving flags and displaying signs honoring grandparents who served their country.

“We just wanted to show them  … ‘We still care for you guys, and we still love you,” said Kara Ostroske, 16, a summer volunteer at the state veterans home who came up with the idea and took the lead in organizing the event.

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She said the veterans have been shut in during the coronavirus pandemic, and their families are only allowed “window visits,” so this was a way of getting them outside and letting them know their families and communities were thinking about them.

“It turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” she said. “It was awesome!”

Allison Jones, activities director for the nursing home, said there were many families there, including relatives of one of the residents, Bobby Rorer, who turned 96 that day.

Jones said Rorer’s doctor called her about his birthday and said she would like to do something for him, and the birthday celebration just happened to coincide with the parade.

“He was so surprised. He didn’t know anything about it,” Jones said. Earlier that day, she said, he was a little disappointed that he had only gotten one card, but she told him not to worry, that she thought he would get more. And afterward, his family visited him outside his window.

“The residents loved the cool cars” especially, she said, after talking with some of them.

And they were happy that so many people came out to see them, she said.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at

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