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Say Hello and Thanks

At Thanksgiving, gratitude is the topic on most people’s minds. From social media, to community events, and family gatherings, the emphasis is on how to identify what you’re grateful for and express appreciation. With Thanksgiving only a week away, the Broad Channel VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260 on Shad Creek Road would like to take a moment to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.       

Because of their commitment, we can live free and full of hope for the future. Each day is an opportunity to show them how much we appreciate them and to push ourselves to new levels of excellence for their benefit. America’s Veterans are our priority, and it is a tremendous honor to provide them with the high-quality care and resources they need to lead healthier, happier lives.

This Sunday afternoon, November 24, the men and women of the Broad Channel VFW Post #260 Auxiliary will once again host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the disabled veterans who reside at St. Albans Hospital. After tearful farewells to their families, these individuals went off to war where they saw and did things young men and women should not have to see or do. While many of them came home unscathed, many made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return, while others returned damaged in body or spirit or both. 

What many of you may not realize is that, as the years pass, the pain of combat-related disability pales in comparison to the heartache of feeling forgotten by those who remained on the home front. Why not take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and stop by the VFW hall Sunday afternoon and introduce yourself to some of these vets and speak to them for a few minutes while thanking them for their service and sacrifice? Veterans have first-person accounts of history. If they feel comfortable talking about their wartime experiences, ask them to share a memory with you—if they don’t wish to talk about difficult topics, ask them about a favorite life memory. Listen intently so you can share their words—and celebrate their lives—for years to come. I guarantee you, the Vets will sincerely appreciate it and you will come away feeling better for the experience!

Afterwards, stop by the canteen at the rear of the Post and say hello to and thank your friends and neighbors who work so hard and unselfishly throughout the year at the Post to ensure our veterans are not forgotten. The work of this group of individuals truly exemplifies the best of our small community here in Broad Channel and gives truth to the old adage that “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” 

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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