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There were so many tears Saturday at Palmyra Nursing Home, it was hard to tell who was most impacted by a special Christmas project dubbed “Patriots for Patriots” and coordinated by Westover High School teacher John Daughety, a Georgia National Guard member who has served in Afghanistan. Some of Daughety’s students and National Guard comrades delivered holiday cards and gifts to each of the 230 residents after the students wrapped gifts at the school. To boot, the U.S. military veterans living in the nursing home were the recipients of a heartwarming program, including a national anthem serenade, special pins, and expressions of gratitude by the students and Guard members. Said Palmyra Nursing Home Director Sharon Tillery. “People like John are our country’s true heroes. They fight for our country overseas and then they come do something wonderful like this, serving as a great example to the young people. I can’t say enough about what this means to our residents. Their smiles say it all.” Daughety said that as is often the case with good deeds, a surplus of gifts were purchased for “Patriots for Patriots” because of the community’s generosity. The leftovers were donated to the Albany Rescue Mission.

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