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Lantern Hill Holds Inaugural Flag-Raising Ceremony

July 14, 2016

On July 13, Lantern Hill, a new Erickson Living Retirement Community in New Providence, New Jersey, held an inaugural flag-raising ceremony on campus.  More than 30 residents and employees attended the event to honor veterans and to celebrate the rise of the American Flag for the first time on the flag pole of Lantern Hill.

Lantern Hill's Color Guard—residents and veterans Edward Guadette, Edward McEneaney, Edward Ryan, and Bob Teller—presented and assisted in the raising of the flag.  Kara Dobias, a recent graduate of New Providence High School, sang the National Anthem. Dobias was a member of New Jersey All-State Choir and will be attending Pratt Institute this fall.

Lantern Hill Executive Director Patricia Swan opened the ceremony.

"Today is a day of celebration," said Swan. "The symbol of America, the American Flag, unites us as we gather to form a new community and as we begin to offer each other the support and friendship that will make this a special place to live. We honor our veterans who made sacrifices for all of us," said Swan.

Residents move into the 161 independent living apartments of Phase 1, which sold out in 10 weeks, this summer followed by the opening of 85 continuing care residences later this year. Within the first few years, the community will add 114 more independent living apartment homes, for a total of 275.

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