The Veteran of the Month of March 2019 is Blanche Beatrice Breakey.
Born in Port Huron, Michigan on May 3, 1890 to parents John and Helen Carson Breakey.
She attended schools in Port Huron, and after graduation, began a life long career in care-giving. She became a nurse, and when WWI began, she enlisted into the United States Army.
After the War was over in 1919, she worked as a public health nurse for the city of Birmingham, Michigan, where she remained throughout the Great Depression.
When WW2 began, she was recalled to duty, and was placed in charge of the Veterans Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Little did she know that her nephew Pvt. Thomas O. Breakey was attending Aircraft Mechanic school at Keesler Field Army Air Base, on the other side of Back Bay.
After WW2 was over, from 1946 to 1948 she was appointed head of the Dearborn Veterans Facility in Dearborn, Michigan, and later assumed duties as head of the Rehabilitation Unit at Oakland County Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
After more than 50 years of care-giving during WW1, and WW2, the Public Health Department of Pontiac Michigan and Veterans Hospitals, Blanche retired in 1955.
While on a vacation trip to her nephews home in East Jordan, Michigan, Blanche was stricken with a heart attack, and passed away at Charlevoix Area Hospital.
On August 28, 1956, Blanche Beatrice Breakey answered the final call and is being honored by her Great Nephew Thomas Breakey Jr., and family.
To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m.
The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month at The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.