Tucson veterans are sharing life lessons learned in service as part of a nationwide project spearheaded by Watermark Retirement Communities.

The local veterans all live at The Fountains at La Cholla, which is honoring vets during special services this Thursday, Nov. 11.

A Salute to Veterans is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Fountains, located at 2001 W. Rudasill Road. Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Bruce B. Knutson Jr., addresses the audience. Guests are invited to stay to mingle with veterans and view a "supersized" exhibit of personal military photos, uniforms and other memorabilia on display, courtesy of Fountains residents.

To attend, call 797-2001.

Vets share life lessons from military service

Veterans at The Fountains at La Cholla like to share life lessons from their military experiences.

Butch Esiminger, who served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1968, was an engineer combat battalion commander during World War II. Esiminger crossed the Rhine River under enemy fire. The retired colonel offers a simple life lesson: "Don't get shot."

Lester Kniffin, wounded twice serving in two tours of Vietnam as a U.S. Navy Seal, suggests people "keep your eyes open and stay low."

David Meyer served as an Army officer from 1943 to 1967. He saw action in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded four Legion of Merit medals. "Don't give orders before you listen," the retired colonel said.

Dozens of sage life lessons from veterans are published for public viewing at www.watermarkcommunities.com/veteransday.

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