Submitted by Amanda Peterson, Calvert Hospice located in Maryland
Arvid “Ed” Forsman and his wife Ann met at the Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island, WA. They were both serving in the Navy at the time, Ed as a test pilot and Ann as a registered nurse. The couple married after dating for three months and served together until they started having children; at that time Ann was discharged from the military and focused on raising their children. Ed spent 31 years in the Navy as a test pilot, logging more than 90,000 flight hours and testing over 30 Navy airplanes. He spent about a year and a half in Vietnam on a project, returning home in 1969. During his military career, Ed travelled the world. After retiring from the Navy, he and Ann settled in Southern Maryland. Ed and Ann both spent time working as Navy contractors, and they were involved in the community. Eventually, they settled at Asbury Solomons and most recently shared a room in the healthcare center.
Ed and Ann were both recognized for their military service by Calvert Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program on September 28. The salute ceremony consisted of presentation of certificates recognizing their service, Navy-themed fleece blankets, and a We Honor Veterans pin along with reading of service-related poems and a prayer. Sadly, Ann Forsmon passed away on October 4. Ed is so thankful for the 65 years they had together and stated that Ann is “the woman of my life.” Calvert Hospice was truly honored to recognize this special couple for their service to this great nation.