According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 19.2 million veterans in the United States. At the dinner, people had the chance to talk about what Veterans Day means to them at the Veterans Day Dinner in Albion.
Syeda Abbas reports.
Statistics show more than 800,000 veterans live in Pennsylvania. Every year, veterans are honored and remembered for their many sacrifices on November 11th.
“It is hard to describe what it means to be a veteran. It’s an honor actually,” said Post Commander of the 567 American Legion James Vorc.
Dalton Hammet is a member of Post 567 American Legion in Albion. He’s spent 4 years in the Air Force. “I love my military career. I think the greatest asset we have is our veterans,” he said.
Hammet says this dinner sees success every year.
“We try our best to get as many people involved and it’s always a good turnout, always a good thing,” said Hammett.
A table was set aside for Veterans who are now in spirit.
Some of the sacrifices veterans make include, “It takes a lot of time away from family. Your gone, I was gone four and a half years and I came back after I got out of service. You miss your family while your not here,” said Hammett.
In Pennsylvania, the highest population of veterans is in the age group 65-69.
Jet 24’s very own David Belmondo emceed the dinner.