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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

James Dickey Post 23 of the American Legion was the sight of the 22nd Annual Nursing Home Veterans’ Christmas Party Wednesday afternoon. Veterans received gifts and were served lunch by scores of volunteers from all over the region.

“Being commander, I get to visit throughout the posts and this post in Portsmouth is special,” Steve Masowick, Commander of the American Legion in Ohio, said. “Post 23 do things that other posts don’t - they stand out. And they don’t do this just once a year. They do it all through the year. So it’s a pleasure to be here.”

Masowick said he enjoys visiting with each individual veteran when he travels through the state.

“Every man here has a story to tell. And they all have demons to carry,” Masowick said. “But they always hold themselves together. So God love them and God bless them. And God bless the city of Portsmouth.”

Pauline Farley, of American Legion Post 276 of South Shore, Kentucky, has made 50 lap throws for the veterans over the last five years and was at the party to help serve the veterans.

“I love Jim and Jane (Saddler). They’re just wonderful people,” Farley said. “I just want to thank all of the veterans. I lost my husband in February. He was a veteran of three wars, and he got to come last year. We always had such a great time when we came here to visit with them. It just keeps me busy, and gives me something to do. I love to make the throws.”

Officials from all over the area turned out to show their appreciation for the nursing home veterans.

“This has been one of the charities that all of the staff at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility for many years has held very close to their heart,” SOCF Warden Donald Morgan said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to come down here with the staff, and be able to participate in this great program, but to ultimately to show the appreciation to our vets for what they have done for this great country of ours.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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