Letters for veterans at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – On this Veterans Day, Holyoke Soldiers’ Home veterans received surprise letters from grade school students.

State Senator John Velis for the second time delivered letters from young students who took the time to write special notes to the veterans living at the Soldiers’ Home.

“It’s humbling for me, they do this for complete strangers. I’ve been on the receiving end of some of them. Its just special that it’s our most precious citizens, our kids, giving gifts to other most precious gift, our older vets. It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Velis.

A number of western Massachusetts districts participated including Westfield, Holyoke, Agawam, and Southampton. One Agawam Middle School teacher said her students were disappointed the school had to postponed Bring a Vet to School Day so they were excited to write the letters this year.

The event at the Soldiers’ Home was closed to the media. In all, more than 1,500 letters were written.

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