"Wellhaven Senior Living and The Lutheran Home Association have always cared about veterans in special way," said Beth Ann Schultz, Wellhaven manager.

TLHA's history dates back to one family's loss during the Civil War. A 15-year-old Ernst Boessling from Belle Plaine, Minnesota volunteered to serve with the Minnesota troops. He died in September 1863 in service to his country at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

His mother, Sophie, had saved the government death benefits she received all the years after Ernst died. Wanting to provide a home for others like herself, she donated the money and her family's farmland to build das Alten und Waisenheim-the Aged and Orphans' Home. Now more than a century later, Sophie's gift continues to benefit countless lives including several veterans. Currently, throughout the TLHA care communities, 80 residents have served in the armed forces.

This year, Wellhaven Senior Living is partnering with Heartland Hospice Care to honor the veterans of Wellhaven and the River Falls Senior Center for Veterans Day. All are welcome to attend a veterans ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Wellhaven Senior Living, 119 Union St. in River Falls. The event will feature Dan Toland, Mayor of River Falls and the American Legion of River Falls. For more information, call Laura at 715-426-4633.