A local organization that serves America’s heroes is celebrating 80 years Saturday.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), chapter 12, was formed in 1929 by a group of World War I veterans. Now 80 years later the group has grown and members say they call it a second home. Dignitaries in attendance say it is important in every community to recognize veterans.
"I think deep down in our hearts we appreciate the veterans for what they have done and what they gave for our country, but we don’t show them often enough. This is a day we can show the DAV how much we appreciate them," tells Mayor Howard Zwelling.
The Disabled American Veterans recently completed an outdoor pavilion. At Saturday’s celebration it was dedicated to the late John Wright, a purple-heart veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars.
"Individual service organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans or the VFW or the American Legion, they go out of their way to make sure this type of recognition happens and today’s event is one such example," says Major Timothy Kern with the Air National Guard.
The celebration was open to the public and Mayor Zwelling says if you know a veteran, make sure to shake their hand and tell them thank you.