WWII veteran honored for service on Flag Day

Published 7:00 am Friday, June 15, 2018

Flag Day was celebrated at BeeHive Homes in Picayune by honoring a United States Air Force veteran for his service.

Richard Carnett is a resident of the assisted living facility and is currently 100-years-old. Thursday, he was presented with a certificate and pin for serving in the armed forces for 25 years of his life.

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Rebecca Silvia, volunteer coordinator for SouthernCare in Picayune, said several of the organization’s volunteers organize activities for the residents of the facility.

While planning an event for Flag Day, Silvia met Carnett at the facility and heard about his service. She then decided to use the opportunity to honor someone who devoted part of their life to uphold the meaning of the nation’s flag.

Silvia said recognizing Carnett was a prime opportunity for SouthernCare’s Hospice For Heroes Program to recognize a veteran living in the community.

During the event, Carnett was accompanied by his daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter.

Carnett served in Okinawa, Guam, Korea and was part of the Allied forces who occupied Japan after World War II, his daughter Nettie Kennedy said.

Kennedy said they were excited he was recognized for his military service and are proud of his achievements.