Hospitalized veterans from the Hines VA Hospital are enjoying a special Thanksgiving celebration today.
For many people Thanksgiving is all about giving back to their community. At American Legion Post 1084 in Roselle, that means serving those who have served our country.
Volunteers began cooking at 4 a.m. — turkey, ham and all the fixings. It is a feast that will feed 25 Vietnam and Korean War veterans who live at Hines VA Hospital.
Coordinator Bob Dreksler tells WGN the annual Thanksgiving dinner is very important to the vets. “This is probably, for most of these guys, the only time of year they ever leave that hospital,” he says.
The Elks sponsor the event with the American Legion post. But volunteers from the town of Roselle make it a real community affair.
“Whenever a vet tells me a story or anything, it just makes my day,” says volunteer James Beaudon, whose grandfather started this tradition 35 years ago. “I just know they went through this and now I get to help them, and this makes me feel very good.”