Welcome Joan's Journeyers. In a unique after-dinner rendezvous, six veterans of the armed forces gathered to meet and take a group photograph in the Holiday Villa East (HVE) senior community dining room in Santa Monica. Despite living under the same roof, several veterans did not know each other. For sure, they did not know their commonality—that each has served his or her country in the armed forces.

As the participants were positioned for the photograph, conversations became animated. Residents recalled tours of service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Woman's Army Corps (WAC), and Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC). Three HVE residents are among the approximately 16 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in active duty during WW II.

We'll Meet Again, the most well-known version is sung by Dame Vera Lynn, is one of the most famous of the Second World War-era songs about soldiers going off fight and their families and sweethearts left behind. The assertion that we'll meet again is optimistic, as many soldiers did not survive.

This song came to mind as I thought about the residents at HVE:

 We'll meet again, 

Don't know where, don't know when, 

But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

Learn more about the veterans who call Holiday Villa East their home and how the community recognizes their service in Joan’s Journey, Part 31.