A Veterans Day Reflection
Veterans Day is a wonderful holiday where we reflect on and celebrate the amazing people who served our country. Originally, Veterans Day was Armistice Day, a day to mark the victory of World War I, which, according to Woodrow Wilson, was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.”
At the age of 17, my dad (pictured above), volunteered to join the Marine Corps in World War II. He served in Okinawa and China and then was recalled to active duty for the Korean War. When I think about Veterans Day, I think about guys like my dad who went away as boys and said they would put their life on the line because of their duty to our country.
Veterans Day is the closest holiday to Thanksgiving, where we reflect and remember how blessed we are in this country. It’s not coincidental that Veterans Day is one of the reasons we still get to celebrate those blessings.
At St. Matthew’s House, we serve Veterans like my dad. As many as 10% of the people in our programs are Veterans. But unlike my father, many Veterans come home with emotional scars, substance abuse issues, and wounds from war which drive them to poverty and poor choices.
This Thanksgiving, it is our joy to directly serve Veterans in need. St. Matthew’s House has partnered with the Veterans Administration to help deliver complete Thanksgiving meals to homeless Veterans. Next week, we will be supplying the homeless Veterans program at the VA in Lee County with turkeys, all the sides, and a pumpkin pies to be delivered to men and women who have served our country.
Would you like to come alongside us in this effort? You can donate frozen turkeys and sides to St. Matthew’s House at our 2601 Airport Road South location, or help with an online gift by clicking here.
Vann R. Ellison
President and CEO
St. Matthew’s House
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