Everyday veterans gather at the VFW in Parker and every year on Thanksgiving the post opens its doors to veterans just down the road from Sims nursing home. VFW Post 8205 hosted a packed house Thursday afternoon with heroes spanning from World War II, Vietnam and other wars.
Sims Veterans Nursing Home arrived around 12:30 and after a short prayer, the feasting began. Food was not in short supply as hundreds of people filled up thanksgiving staples. Family members were in attendance to visit with loved ones and veterans from all across the panhandle stopping by to visit with bay counties heroes.
According to Veterans from Sims, by celebrating the holiday at the VFW they were in the company of their brothers and sisters bonded through war experiences. Veteran Mike Mancos is proud to be with his second family, "Anybody in the service, especially that was in combat, that is a giant brotherhood."
According to another veteran, Lee Elwell, he is thankful for his blessings, "We thank the world for all that has happened to us and that we survived and we still remember those that are still over there and those that didn't get to come back with us."