Vets home holding open house
BARSTOW • A President Franklin Delano Roosevelt impersonator and a an air-powered 50mm caliber machine gun will be on hand to entertain veterans during a special open house at the Veterans Home of California in Barstow.
Raymond Lau, director of the Veterans Home of California — Barstow, said the four-hour open house, which begins at 10 a.m., should be a fantastic event for the 200 residents and guests that arrive Saturday.
“The event is sponsored by CalVet headquarters and they invited vets from all over San Bernarindo County,” Lau said. “We’re going to give tours, do orientations, show a video and everyone is invited for lunch.”
Lau said James Moore will set up a bivouac and impersonate FDR as he give orders to the troops.
Director Lau said he hopes the veterans will be able to “control their excitement” as they climb on the Jeep and fire the machine gun.
Opened in 1996, the facility provides independent living, intermediate and skilled nursing care for veterans who are residents of California, age 55 or older (or younger if disabled), and have served honorably.
Veterans desiring to be considered for membership must be residents of California, age 55 or older (or younger if disabled), and have served honorably.
The veterans home is at 100 East Veterans Parkway, just west of Barstow Road.
Rene De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com.