Aegis Living (South) San Francisco Honors Local Veterans

South San Francisco, CA  November 15, 2021 Submitted by Jacque Seaman

This past Thursday, on Veteran’s Day, Aegis Living San Francisco recognized eight of its residents who served in the military with a special Veteran pinning ceremony by Heartland Hospice. The ceremony opened with the national anthem led by one of Aegis’ music therapists, followed by a prayer and speeches recognizing each Veteran’s valor, sacrifice, and service to protect our country.


“We are honored to have these veterans reside in our community,” said Chris Lyons, General Manager, Aegis Living San Francisco. “They served our country and sacrificed so much. We salute them today and every day for their service.”

Chris Lyons, the manager of Aegis Living

U.S. Navy Vietnam War Veteran and Aegis Living resident noted, “I am honored and proud to have served my country with my fellow veterans.”


Heartland Hospice, which presented the pins said, “We love partnering with Aegis Living for this event. It’s such great reminder of how our veterans contribute to protect our democracy.”


With more than 400 veterans across its communities. Aegis Living has a long history of celebrating its residents who have served, both on Veteran’s Day and throughout the year.


Aegis Living San Francisco veterans recognized at the ceremony included:

Billy Smith

  • Length of Service: 4 years
  • Rank: Airman First Class
  • Branch: Air Force
  • Service in Wars: Korean War
  • Medals/Special Honors: Air Medal-Flying behind enemy lines in an unarmed airplane.


Edward Stadum

  • Length of Service: 4 Years
  • Branch: Air Force


Stelios Sakas

  • Length of Service: 3 Years
  • Rank: 2nd class Petty officer
  • Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Service in Wars: Korea


Eufegenio Ambrosio

  • Length of Service: 21 Years
  • Rank: First Class petty Officer
  • Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Service in Wars: Vietnam war and was based on shore in Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Medals/Special Honors: Vietnam Medal


Ron Costanzo

  • Length of Service: 4 Years
  • Rank: 3rd Class Petty Officer
  • Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Service in Wars: Vietnam War 1953-1957


John Walsh

  • Length of Service: 31 years
  • Rank: GMG 1 Gunners Mate General
  • Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Service in Wars: Korea and Vietnam
  • Medals/Special Honors: Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal.


Elmer Wright

  • Length of Service: 4 years
  • Rank: 1st class Petty Officer
  • Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Service in Wars: Korean
  • Medals/Special Honors: Korean Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Occupation Service Medal, and United States Service Medal.


Bill Spillane

  • Length of Service: 6 years
  • Rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Service in Wars: Vietnam
  • Medals/Special Honors: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal


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Diedra Walker
Diedra Walker
1 year ago

Thank you all for your Service! You are Heroes & I Honor each and every one of you! God Bless you all! ??❤️????