Serving veterans one breakfast plate at a time

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Veterans' Day came a day early at First United Methodist Church in Long Beach, with it's third annual Veteran Breakfast.

"Thank you. To let the veterans know that they're appreciated," said Susan Taylor, organizer of the event. "That we care about their service and the sacrifices they made for us"

Taylor said each plate was just small token of gratitude to these men and women who have served their country.

Chester Yates is 93-years-old. He served in the Navy in World War II.

"Well, it means a lot," said Yates. "It makes me feel worthwhile."

Others like 78-year-old Wilson Haulk agreed. He fought in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

"Right now, it means a great deal," said Haulk.

But, he said, people haven't always been as respectful.

"When I first got back from Korea, of course nobody celebrated for us or anything," said Haulk. "But now, they're doing it for all the veterans, which I appreciate."

A fellowship hall, colorful with patriotism, was filled by veterans with heroic stories.

"Yeah, I fought 16 years on the destroyer," said 82-year-old Paul Laborde.

Laborde is a Korean War veteran, who enjoyed a hearty meal with his wife, Mary.

For Laborde and other veterans, the breakfast was an honor.

"I think it's wonderful that they would do that," said Laborde.

"I'd tell them thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Yates.

But, for those serving the plates to these veterans, the honor was all theirs.

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