Carlisle’s Walmart is teaming up with the Army Heritage Center Foundation to honor and thank local veterans through a $1,000 grant to the Foundation’s Veterans’ Cafe program.

 

The Veterans’ Cafe provides free veteran breakfasts and other events throughout the region.  Veterans of all eras and services are invited to attend, along with their friends and family.

 

“These events bring veterans together to share their stories of service,” says Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “The Foundation manages the Veterans’ Cafe, but the program is possible because of community partners like Walmart.”  Other sponsors for the Veterans’ Cafe include Hoffman Funeral Home, Humana, Inc., and United Concordia.

 

Hawks describes the veterans who have shared their stories: “We’ve had D-Day veterans, Vietnam veterans, and veterans who never left the States and didn’t think they had a story to tell until they started telling it.  Every veteran did his or her part; every veteran has a story to tell.”

 

Veterans’ Cafe events include Pinning Ceremonies for Vietnam era veterans.  As part of the Department of Defense’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War, the Foundation distributes official commemorative pins.  “Many of the men and women who served during the Vietnam era never got the thanks they deserved,” says Hawks, “I am honored to have the privilege of presenting them with this small token of appreciation from a grateful nation.”

 

The next Veterans’ Cafe event will take place on February 22 at Frederick House in Carlisle.  The event will mark the anniversary of Operation Desert Storm with a presentation by COL (Ret.) Frank Hancock, followed by a Vietnam Veteran pinning ceremony.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or email eddirector@armyheritage.org.

 

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is the non-profit friends group for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.