Local students joined Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s office in a program to honor local veterans today.
Brindisi started the Valentines for Vets programs in recognition of Upstate New York veterans.
More than 30 classes at Chenango Forks Elementary created over 600 cards thanking them for their service and sacrifice.
At an assembly, a couple local veterans spoke about what it means to have served and the Congressman shared a video message with the students.
12 year Air Force vet Jonathan Wanglund says these personal sentiments mean a lot to those in our armed forces. “It was such a nice treat when we would get it. You would look forward to those things from home when you’re overseas when you’re deployed. Getting things from strangers, students, family friends, means the world to people. It takes people’s spirits and lifts them up. Doing things like this in this program means a lot to people in the community, people that have served and the veterans that are getting these will benefit tremendously from them.”
The valentines from Chenango Forks will be delivered to the Oxford Veterans’ Home.
Anyone can participate in the program by mailing or dropping off valentines at Brindisi’s office at 49 Court Street, Suite 102 in Binghamton by Monday.