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VA Hosts Party For Vets Ahead Of Holiday

Bob KalinowskiMay 26, 2019

PLAINS TWP. — Veterans smiled as they sang and danced Saturday at a Memorial Day party at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The American Legion’s District 12 put on the program, as it does prior to most holidays.

“When I look at them, I not only see their smile but I feel their joy and my world is OK. They deserve it,” said Nicole Guest, commander of District 12.

She made many of the veterans smile with hugs, kisses and dances.

One of them was Jack Oliver, a 73-year-old Drums native.

Oliver lost both of his legs as a result of the war due to exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange. They had to be amputated decades after he returned home.

“It took 45 years to catch up to me, but it took both my legs,” Oliver said.

But he was glad he was able to come home.

Those who don’t are the reason veterans gather to celebrate and remember the fallen on Memorial Day, he said.

“It’s a tribute to all the men and women who died for us to have this day,” Oliver said.

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