BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Dunbar Village Nursing Home in Bay St. Louis honored those who served with a veterans community breakfast Monday. The veterans shared their stories and received thank you's for their service to our country.
"Thank you, Mr. Bradley, for your military service," said a Dunbar Village staff member.
A plate of pancakes and words of gratitude greeted veterans of many American Wars. Emerick Warren, now 88, was just 18 when he joined the Army. He drove trucks in Europe during World War II.
"We hauled everything that you could name. Bombs, ammunition, food, you name it we hauled it," said Warren.
In 1949, Korean War Veteran John Mysing had just graduated college with a degree in mechanical engineering, when he was drafted into the United States Navy. The Navy's rush to build ships and get them out to sea called for young men with his knowledge.
"My job was to keep track of when the ship was in the yard. They've got a time table as to when they are supposed to be through. And you'd run around every day to see what kind of progress they were making and going back and reporting to the admiral whether they were going to make it on time or not. And he would get their attention if they were dragging," explained Mysing.
Our Lady Academy student Heather Brown listened to their stories as she served breakfast to the war heroes.
"You definitely get to hear stories about what they've done and you just get to see their smiles light up cause they're not always recognized this way. It's just a good feeling," said Brown.
Dunbar Village honored more than 30 veterans Monday morning. Some were residents at the nursing home, others live nearby in Hancock County.
"It's important to say thank you. It's two simple words, but it's so important to say," said Michelle Daniel, Dunbar Village Administrator.
Nursing home leaders plan to make the Veterans Day Breakfast an annual event.