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Stand Down Day 2016
Posted 11/06/2016 01:55PM

On September 23, 2016 15 Current Events students volunteered at the annual "Stand Down Day" at the Rocky Hill Veterans home where over 1000 veterans attended the event. Veterans were able to receive a variety of free services during the day which included medical and dental check-ups, haircuts, tax services and much more. Students helped with small things from taking out trash to handing out juice and snacks, to helping any veterans with their trays of food. It was an amazing and heartwarming day being able to make a veterans day by just saying "Thank you for your service". The students were lucky enough to hear Governor Dannel Malloy speak, met Connecticut Senator Mae Flexer and the Connecticut Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Sean Connolly. One of the students who attended, Heather Burkhart, stated, "Although I personally did not hear anyone's story, I did see a lot of the vets catching up with old friends. I'm sure it is nice to know that someone you know is in the same place as you are and that you are not alone". Another student Mairi Mutch had a heartfelt moment with a vet as she states, "He came up to me and took a tray, read my nametag and looked at me like he has known me many years and said my name, "Mairi". I was blown away and an incredible joy descended upon me". Being there was a different experience for each student and the trip was truly unexplainable. No matter who spoke to us, we felt close like they were family by the smile on their faces. We witnessed pure joy from a grateful smile of a veteran who had almost nothing.....when honestly, we were their "something" that day. Volunteering was such a positive way to honor those who have served our country. Written by Senior Brett Harrell


Watch the news story on WTNH: 'Stand Down' 2016 offering valuable resources to veterans in Connecticut


 

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