Legion riders don’t forget our veterans

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Many American veterans gave everything to serve our country. A group of their fellow veterans are giving back.

The American Legion Post 433 Riders of Ironton showed their love and support for their brothers in arms last week by visiting the West Virginia Veterans’ Home in Barboursville as well as nearly 50 other retired soldiers in area nursing homes.

In part because of the generous support it receives from the Lawrence County community, the American Legion Riders group was able to provide lunch as well as snack foods, more than 500 books, nearly 300 magazines, more than 400 movies, laundry detergent, gloves, watches, alarm clocks, blankets and toiletry items.

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This effort is more than just a token show of support. Visits like these to our nursing homes show all our senior citizens — veterans and otherwise — that they are not forgotten and that their sacrifices meant something to the current generation.

For their efforts to say “thanks” and “job well done” to our veterans, the American Legion Riders deserve to be recognized as this week’s “Good News, Good Neighbors” feature honoring those in our communities who are going above and beyond to make a difference.

All gave some. Some gave all. And the Legion Riders gave something back to say “thank you.”