Buckner Westminster celebrates 25th anniversary

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It was one of the first of it’s kind in East Texas, an ‘assisted living-independent living’ retirement community, that became home to hundreds of senior citizens over the years.

Today was the 25th anniversary of the opening of ‘Buckner-Westminster place’ in Longview.

Gathering at the north building of the facility, it was a a celebration of 25 years, but for many it was a celebration of a place they had come to call home.

“We love it, we love it. We moved here to be with people because we were way out in the country in Carthage,” says resident Carol Chavez.

“The people that work here are terrific. Because you can talk to them and they’re not stand-offish,” said Carol’s husband Joseph.

A 5-year time capsule was opened that contained letters from residents, many who had passed.

“Independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care, so the full continuum for seniors as needs increase. They’re able to stay in the same place and get the care they need,” said Doctor Albert Reyes of Buckner-Westminster.

For the residents who’ve lived here over the years it’s been priceless. Life, independence and dignity.

“It’s freedom. Freedom to do what you want when you want,” Joseph says.

They have a large number of veteran residents, who pass on timeless stories .

“My 4 brothers and me we’re all drafted just out of high school and we all 5 went to the European theatre,” said U.S. army World War Two veteran Jewel Maxwell.

“You hear about the incredible experience they went through. Hearing their life stories its a great learning opportunity for me.

We’re here to inspire happiness in the lives of our residents our goal is to get to know them as individuals and treat them as individuals,” says executive director David Sims.

The celebration also included a fishing competition among the grandchildren of Buckner-Westminster residents at the facility pond.

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