Veterans of all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces were honored and thanked for service rendered for our nation’s freedom. This was the first such event held at The Salvation Army’s Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Some 30 veterans and family members were treated to a morning of activities held on Veterans Day 2017. The heroes were welcomed with coffee and doughnuts, and watched the 1941 war classic, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper.
After the movie, the floor was opened for the vets to share experiences during their military service, some in combat and others in peacetime. One thread emerged; one of thankfulness for The Salvation Army’s presence making their time overseas “a home away from home.”
“The kindness of Salvation Army people never changed,” remarked Bud Crabbe, who was among thousands of other U.S. Marines who stormed the beach at Iwo Jima in 1945.
“They (the Salvationists) would give us ‘care packages’ containing little things that meant so much us to—toothpaste, a razor, chocolate—things like that,” Mr. Crabbe explained.
Kroc staff members distributed knitted caps, made by Kroc volunteers belonging to a knitting club.
—Major Frank Duracher, Assistant Editor, USA National Publications