USO: Thank You Veterans

Veterans Voices

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Veterans and people currently serving in the military were saluted Monday morning at the USO’s Veterans Thank You Breakfast at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

The USO is celebrating 78 years of support for our military and their families.

Among the veterans honored today included the oldest veteran in attendance, Henry “Hambone” Salvas, who joined the Army at the start of World War II and earned the Purple Heart when he was wounded in Italy.

Hambone is now 96 years old. We spoke to one member of the USO about Monday’s services.

“People have to realize what these men and women are doing for our country,” said John Chrisant. “They are laying down our lives for our freedom. The things that we do every day, we should thank them because without them we’d have nothing.”

22News Anchor Rich Tettemer served as Emcee for Monday’s event.

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