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Eagle’s Trace Veterans Receive 5-Star Experience During Houston Rodeo

March 24, 2016

Houston, Texas—From mutton bustin' to steer wrestling, there was something for each one of the two million attendees of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show to enjoy this year.

That includes 30 residents of Eagle's Trace retirement community who received the red carpet treatment at the Rodeo on March 2.

The occasion was Armed Forces Appreciation Day when Houston said "thank you" to thousands of active armed forces personnel, veterans of all service branches and their loved ones.

"It's a fantastic experience.  They treat you as if you had won the war all by yourself," said Haskell Silkwood, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in the Air Training Command during the Korean War.  

Mr. Silkwood worked to make the day extra special for his fellow residents of Eagle's Trace who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  He contacted Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack to secure transportation.  And with the help of their Rodeo coordinator, the veterans received a motorcycle escort from the Houston Police Department from the campus to the Rodeo.

"It made us feel like celebrities," stated Mr. Haskell, who has lived at Eagle's Trace with his wife for three years. 

Once they arrived, the group joined veterans from across the region for a barbecue lunch, entertainment by the Marine Corps Band and free time to tour the livestock show, exhibits and concession areas.

In the evening, they participated in a ceremony that honored active military and veterans, including the induction of 600 new recruits into their respective service branches.

Then they entered Reliant Stadium to enjoy the evening's rodeo events.

Pam Burgeson is the Director of Marketing at Eagle's Trace.  She is a passionate supporter of the Rodeo, having served on the Volunteer Committee for the past 16 years. "Armed Forces Appreciation Day is one of the highlights of the Rodeo.  It is extra special for me because so many of our residents served around the world and on the home front," she said.  "They sacrificed for our freedom, and I'm so glad they receive their due recognition each year."

From pick-up to drop-off, the trip lasted more than 12 hours, but it was worth it.

"With beautiful weather, we were surrounded by people who cared," noted Mr. Silkwood.  "It's a day we will always remember."

About Eagle's Trace:  Eagle's Trace is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Houston, Texas, the scenic 70-acre campus is home to more than 650 residents.  Eagle's Trace is the ideal greater Houston retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure. 

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