cm_norma2Local Carlsbad resident Norma Walker, who did a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force as one adventure in her very full life, recently enjoyed a full-fledged military “Honor Salute” performed by Camp Pendleton Marine 1st Lieutenant Kimberly Colby, accompanied by 1st Lieutenant Haley Mansberger. Lt. Colby volunteers with Hospice of the North Coast (HNC), which is aligned with the national We Honor Veterans organization, to recognize vets for their service. Sometimes the ceremony honors a group of aging vets who reside in a facility. In this instance, the ceremony took place in Norma’s comfy home.

Norma was born in 1921 and grew up in Fallbrook and Oceanside. After graduating from Oceanside High School, Norma joined the Air Force. She explained, “I enjoyed the marching exercises, but when I learned after three months that I could rise no farther than a secretarial level and was given the choice to re-enlist or opt out, I left.” She later found a job at an aerospace company, got married, and raised a family of three children. Norma is a wonderful story of a lifelong North County resident who remains positively spirited and tons of fun, even at the age of 95.