On May 23, a group of residents traveled to the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Great Lakes to celebrate with one of their own. VSB Resident CDR. Margaret Ruppert, NC. USN, who turned 99 in April, was honored during the commencement ceremony of over 500 recruits at the Navy's only boot camp.
The event included patriotic music, drill teams and speeches. One of the VSB residents commented that, "it was a ceremony that made you feel proud to be an American". A Captain and head of the Naval Training Center honored Ruppert for her 30 year naval legacy which began in 1945 as an ensign and moved up the ranks to retire as a Commander in 1975. She earned her BS in Nursing Education in 1960. Ruppert, dressed in her Naval uniform, stood and saluted every officer that passed by her on the way to their seats. At the end of the ceremony, many stopped by to meet her and shake her hand.
The VSB group which included members of Ruppert's family was given a tour of the base and lunched at the ex-officers' club. The highlight of the day was sharing Ruppert's moment of recognition for 30 years of dedicated service to God, country and family.