The message from members of the Coon Rapids VFW and Ladies Auxiliary was simple Monday when they greeted veterans on Veterans Day, “We thank you so much for your service.”
The post and auxiliary members presented gift bags to veterans at Park River Estates Care Center, Camilia Rose Care Center and Volunteers of America Homestead of Coon Rapids.
These visits have been an annual Veterans Day tradition of the VFW and its auxiliary for more than 20 years.
Each gift bag contained a stocking cap, pen and paper, clipboard and other supplies.
At the Homestead of Coon Rapids, four residents who are veterans received the goodie bags and thanks from the VFW and auxiliary members.
They were Harold Dahlin, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and an aircraft gunnery instructor; Emile Bernier, who served in the Canadian Army in the early 1950s; Jerry Neenan, who served in the U.S. Navy on board a submarine from 1960 to 1964; and Doug Arnstrom, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coon Rapids VFW and Auxliary members who stopped by Homestead of Coon Rapids Monday were Bob Gullickson, Michael Stanton, Mary Hawkins, Mary Kaye Kath and Val Stanton.
The Homestead of Coon Rapids, an assisted living and memory care facility, opened in 1999 and has been operated by the Volunteers of America since 2003.
It has 29 assisted living units and 24 for memory care.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]