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Memories of Thanksgivings Past

Thanksgiving is a time best spent with loved ones, but for those in their later years of life, it's also a time when family members and friends who have passed are greatly missed.
Thanksgiving is a time best spent with loved ones, but for those in their later years of life, it's also a time when family members and friends who have passed are greatly missed.
Today is Florence's one-hundred-and-third Thanksgiving--but her memories haven't faded.
"We had wonderful times, we were a very happy family," said Forence Hagar. She was born in East Utica in 1910, she was one of seven children. Each holiday she's spent with family but says certain things have changed over time.
"Well it was quite different shopping in those days, we didn't have automobiles to take us around. Just be amazed by the snow piled up high, high as this room, much deeper and more of it," she said.
Today she'll spend the holiday with seven great-grandchildren, and being thankful for her health. Right alongside her is another Utica native.
"Well I was born, I'm a child compared to her, September 1st 1923," said Joseph Baris an army veteran who also has a lot to be thankful for.
"One of our ships was torpedoed by the Germans, 800 men were killed. And we were on a smaller ship so we weren't on the big ship because I could have just as well been on the big ship and gone down too," he said.
Coming from a family of seven, the Thanksgiving dinner table grew each year. But this year it will be a bit smaller.
"I'm the last one of my two families, my wife's family and my family but you do the best you can," he said."
And the staff are providing every comfort of home to the residents on this Thanksgiving on day.
"We always try to make sure that the lobbies and the floors look festive and the sisters usually go around and distribute wine for a little cheer for the heart," said Sister Carmelita.
And for Florence and Joseph, the most cheer comes from the fondest of memories.
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