Veterans Day is a day dedicated to all Americans who have served in the country’s military forces. On this day, everyone can appreciate the ones who fought to keep America “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” On November 11, 2013, the Church of God in Manhattan decided to take this appreciation directly to the veterans at the New York Department of Veterans Affairs Nursing Home.
Eleven members of the World Mission Society Church of God gathered together and prepared a “Veteran’s Day Cheer-Up Event.” The goal of the event was to give thanks to the ones who sacrificed for the freedom of America. Since there is nothing that can compare with their great efforts, the members genuinely wanted to put a smile on veterans’ faces and touch their hearts with loving coming from Heavenly Mother’s example of respecting and caring for others.
The members visited 35 veterans at the Manhattan Campus of the nursing home. The members performed a play honoring veterans, sang songs to warm up the veterans’ hearts and told patients and staff “We love you!” Little by little, the quiet room began to liven with applause and cheers as the patients interacted more and more with the members.
Veterans expressed their sincere thanks for the dedication the members put into the time spent with them. One veteran shared his amazement that such young people would even think of hosting this kind of production.
The members of the Church of God were extremely touched by the veterans’ kind words. Upon leaving the nursing home, the members felt a distinct difference in the veterans compared to the time they entered. Two words can explain this dramatic change: Mother’s love.