Annual luncheon honors all veterans
SCHERERVILLE — The line of walkers told a story louder than any bagpipe could play. Many of the veterans who attended the sixth annual Veterans Honor Luncheon on Wednesday at the Halls of St. George needed walkers. Some had canes, while others depended on wheelchairs or someone to help them get around.
They all had one thing in common — military service.
“This room has patriotism written all over it,” North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan said of the 800 veterans and guests expected for the luncheon. “All veterans contribute to the greatness of our country.”
A program that began six years ago with 200 attendees has today nearly outgrown the expansive hall.
The Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council sponsors the gathering of all branches of the service. The council’s Kathy Kazmierczak said the purpose is “just to thank our veterans and thank them for their service. We provide this as a free luncheon every year to say thank you.”
The Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council coordinates services provided to active service members and veterans and promotes awareness of new initiatives on their behalf.
Council members, including veterans and non-veterans, work to improve the lives of active-duty service personnel, veterans and their families through service assistance, housing, education and employment.
Past council events, many of them annual affairs, include a 5K run, golf day, pancake breakfast, Northwest Indiana Oilmen benefit baseball game and a veterans home build in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana.
Mrvan, noting the Vietnam veterans in the audience, recalled a veteran who was never welcomed home because of the political realities of the Vietnam era. Mrvan publicly acknowledged the Vietnam veterans attending by saying, “Welcome home.”