The Buckingham Welcomes Oliver North

Arts and Entertainment

November 24, 2014

The Buckingham senior living community, as part of its Red Carpet Speaker Series, was thrilled to welcome Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North to present "America in the New Millennium." Col. North is known for being a combat-decorated U.S. Marine, and he also is a small business founder, an inventor with three U.S. patents and a syndicated columnist as well as a number-one best-selling author and the host of "War Stories" on the Fox News Channel. The Buckingham was grateful to have him come to the campus and discuss the United States' military, economic and political roles in the world.


Col. North served 22 years as a Marine officer after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was awarded the Silver Star for his service in combat, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. From 1983 to 1986, he served as the United States government's counter-terrorism coordinator as part of the National Security Council staff in the Reagan administration.


"We were honored to welcome Col. North to our community. More than 400 people attended, and he received a standing ovation," said Julie Fenske, executive director at The Buckingham. "He truly is the epitome of an American hero and a reminder to always salute our troops for their past and current service to our country."


As host of the award-winning military documentary series "War Stories" on the Fox News Channel and with his background in the field, Col. North had extensive knowledge and experience to share. He discussed the policies that have made the United States the world's only remaining superpower and outlined the strategies necessary to keep America at the forefront as a world power. He also talked about his latest book, American Heroes on the Homefront and allowed time for mingling with the guests and signing books afterward.


Before his two presentations, Col. North spent time with the more than 60 resident veterans that call The Buckingham home. As part of a special meet and greet, the residents and Col. North had quality time together to discuss war stories and current politics.

"It was heartwarming to see our veterans chatting it up with Col. North," said Cathy Lightfoot, director of sales and marketing at The Buckingham. "These men are a part of an elite brotherhood that few have the privilege to know. Col. North's presentation was unforgettable and brought attention to the thousands of men and women who are still overseas fighting for our country."