Thanksgiving came a bit early this year- for Veterans that is. A special Thanksgiving Dinner was held to show appreciation for our Veterans at the VFW Hayward-Frazier Post 2599 in Presque Isle over the weekend… News Source 8′s Angela Christoforos was there, and has the story. Over 50 Veterans from the County lined up one by one to get their fill on a special meal made with some extra TLC. It’s a traditional Thanksgiving dinner- turkey and all- but it’s just a few days earlier and just for Veterans.
Veteran Peter Marquis said, ”Maine is probably one of the highest Veteran populations there is in the country so it’s great you know that we got a lot of Veterans here in the state and we got a whole bunch here in the County.”
VFW Hayward-Frazier Post 2599 Commander Randolph Michaud said, ”Some of them go through a holiday and never have no meal, especially the ones in the nursing homes and stuff like that, you know they got forgotten sometimes and we didn’t want to forget them.”
And the Presque Isle VFW made sure of that by collaborating with Crown Emergency Care to deliver meals to those Veterans that couldn’t make it out on Saturday.
Crown Emergency Care Supervisor Ben Everett said, ”We went and dropped off 7 meals at Presque Isle nursing home to the Veterans that live there and we’ll make another trip to Leisure Gardens and Leisure Village fairly soon to drop off approximately 20 meals.”
Members of the Hayward-Frazier Post 2599, Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteers came together to prepare the meals and serve them; To those, that have served for us.
Three of the veterans at the dinner are from the same family- the McPherson Family! ”It’s an honor first of all, especially with my grandfather here as well being 92 years old and a World War 2 Veteran, he’s the oldest member of the Post here in Presque Isle.”
A day to fill up Veterans plates, and their hearts.
According to the United States Census Bureau there’s over 100,000 Veterans in the State of Maine and over 7,000 of them are from Aroostook County.