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Youth groups honor Biloxi VA veterans

Three church groups joined forces with the Soldiers Angels Program Monday to say thank you to the senior veterans of the Biloxi VA. (Photo source: WLOX) Three church groups joined forces with the Soldiers Angels Program Monday to say thank you to the senior veterans of the Biloxi VA. (Photo source: WLOX)
"I'm here today just to support our veterans. What they did was just amazing. And I also want to share God's love for them," said youth group member Gabriella Loiacano. (Photo source: WLOX) "I'm here today just to support our veterans. What they did was just amazing. And I also want to share God's love for them," said youth group member Gabriella Loiacano. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Three church groups joined forces with the Soldiers Angels Program Monday to say thank you to the senior veterans of the Biloxi VA. It was a luncheon to show appreciation for their military service and the sacrifices they've made for our nation.

Twenty-eight veterans from the Biloxi VA were given a hero's welcome. The youth group from the Church Of Good Shepherd in Pass Christian let the vets know just what they've meant to our nation.

"I'm here today just to support our veterans. What they did was just amazing. And I also want to share God's love for them," said youth group member Gabriella Loiacano.

"My dad was actually in the Navy for 28 years and I'm planning to go in the Army National Guard, so I'm very thankful for what they did," youth group member Nikolaus Bratzler said.

Before the vets sat down to a gumbo lunch with all of the trimmings, they were treated to a medley of songs from every branch of our armed forces.

It was Main Street United Methodist in Bay St. Louis, Waveland United Methodist, and the Soldier's Angels Program's way of saying thanks to the men and women who have scarified so much for our country.

"I think it's important to honor our senior veterans. The ones that stay at the VA to get them out and show them our appreciation," said Jeanne "Granny" Greaser with the Soldiers Angels Program.

Many of the veterans who served are wounded warriors.

"I was blinded three years after being in, during nuclear biological training," explained Marine Veteran Darryl Goldsmith.

As for the vets, the kind gesture was appreciated.

"It was very sweet of these people to treat us so nicely and kindly," said Army Veteran John Hilton.

It was a lunch the vets say they will never forget. The veterans appreciation day is held annually.

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