Coon Rapids Senior Center salutes veterans

Since the Coon Rapids Senior Center was closed for Veterans Day Nov. 11, veterans and their families were invited to attend a Veterans Day event there Nov. 12.

World War II veteran Tony Blake (a resident of Epiphany Pines) reviews the list of services offered by Mary T. Inc.’s new partnership with We Honor Veterans. Photos by Sue Austreng

World War II veteran Tony Blake (a resident of Epiphany Pines) reviews the list of services offered by Mary T. Inc.’s new partnership with We Honor Veterans. Photos by Sue Austreng

Nearly 200 patriots packed the dining room for the event.

The program began with Eisenhower Elementary School children’s choir singing a sample of patriotic tunes after everyone in attendance stood and pledged allegiance to the flag.

Then, with songs like “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “God Bless America,” American pride rang out loud and long.

Following lunch – served by members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department – the movie “Honor Flight” was shown.

Sponsored by Mary T. Inc., the documentary is about four World War II veterans and a midwest community that comes together to give the vets a trip of a lifetime.

Door prizes were presented after the movie.

In addition, representatives from the Anoka County Veterans Service, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) national service office and local chapter were on hand to answer questions about the care and service offered through those agencies.

Thanks to funds provided by Mary T. Inc. and the Super Seniors Club, veterans were able to attend the event free of charge.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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