On November 9, 2017 Richard Lounder of Lempster was honored at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his home, offered by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice to patients who served in the military. LSRVNA became a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner in 2011, the first home care agency in New Hampshire to do so. As such, the agency has made a commitment to train staff and volunteers to better meet the unique needs of home care and hospice patients who are veterans. With family members by his side, Mr. Lounder was presented with a “We Honor Veterans” certificate, pin and memory book.
Mr. Lounder served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH and at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. He worked on landing gear, remembers the pilots being friendly, and that he served with good people. While in Alaska, where temperatures could go as low as -68 degrees, he recounts seeing polar bears and eating salmon that he was fortunate to catch. When asked about the food in general he responded, "Don’t ask!" Mr. Lounder and his family were deeply touched and thankful for this special recognition.
(Left to right) Daughter Molly Berry, granddaughter Diane Berry and partner Louise Richards at the ceremony for Richard Lounder.