Veterans Host Thanksgiving Lunch for Camp Shelby Soldiers

Some Hattiesburg area veterans are sharing an early Thanksgiving holiday with some young soldiers currently serving our country.

Today, the veterans at the V.F.W. Post 3036 hosted a Thanksgiving lunch for about two dozen soldiers from Camp Shelby.

During the event, candles were lit and prayers were said to remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action from past wars.

"We try to do this each year, bring some troops in, share our Thanksgiving meal with them," said Fred Windham, Commander of Post 3036.

"They're away from home and we're proud of what they're doing and it's just a little token of appreciation from us to them," Windham said.

One of the soldiers visiting the V.F.W. for lunch said she really appreciated the outpouring of support.

"It's sad to be away from home and be away from your family at this time," said Staff Sergeant Carol Duran of Spokane, Washington.

"So this is really nice that people would open their hearts to us."

After the dinner, the soldiers were invited to watch football on TV.