Yuma Veterans Thanksgiving dinner gives "piece of home"

Yuma Veterans Thanksgiving dinner gives "piece of home"

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Yuma--Many Yuma veterans and active duty military members were treated with a free Thanksgiving feast as a token of appreciation for their service to this country.

Lots of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy was served to hundreds of Yuma veterans and active duty military members as an appreciation for serving this country.

But for Lance Corporal Dakota Fields, who can't be with his family to share the holidays, this dinner is how he can connect with others who are in the same situation.

"Since we can be back home right now this is the place to be," Fields said.

John Dewitt, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, showed up to help support military members who are currently away from their family and friends.

"There's been a lot of occasions where I was overseas at certain periods of time away from my family," retired SgtMaj. John Dewitt said. "I know what its like, especially when it comes around the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and all those various events."

"I love the environment hanging around all the vets and stuff," Fields said. "They have crazy stories."

Volunteers at American Legion post 19 were happy to show their appreciation by making sure veterans had a warm meal to eat.

They said about 250 meals were served.

"I'm just hoping everyone enjoys themselves, eat a lot of good food and take a nap after maybe," Dewitt said.


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