By Jesse Kucewicz, Contributing Writer
SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Council on Aging held a grab-and-go luncheon for local veterans and family members Nov. 10 as a way to thank them for their service.
Volunteers spent the morning before the event preparing 142 individually packaged meals. Veterans were then welcomed into the Senior Center by a local jazz trio band, and each received a flower.
State Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) attended the event to thank service members as they walked through the door.
“It’s so fun to see people back in this building and able to be together, the community aspect of it is great,” Kane said. “It’s been so long since we’ve been able to really enjoy the community together, so this is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank our veterans for their service.”
Kane said that it is always a priority of hers to show gratitude towards veterans and active service members.
An annual ‘Armed Forces Service Day’ that Kane typically puts on has been on hold for the past two years due to the pandemic. So, she was happy to be back greeting attendees of this luncheon in-person again.
“I think what people are hoping to get out of this day is the opportunity to come in, see some fellow veterans and those who have served, and to also understand that this is a way the community can show their eternal gratitude for their service,” Kane said. “It’s a small way, but it’s an important way.”