Veterans Celebrate Valentine’s Day

U.S. Representative Carney reads students' Valentine's to veterans at the DE Veterans Home in Milford.
U.S. Representative Carney reads students’ Valentine’s to veterans at the DE Veterans Home in Milford.

On February, Friday, 14 veterans at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford received visitors including U.S. Congressman John Carney. The Congressman celebrated Valentine’s Day this year by partnering with Delaware students to thank veterans for their service.  Over the last month, students at nine elementary schools throughout the state, including Lulu Ross and Mispillion Elementary, made valentines cards for Delaware veterans.  The students made more than 1,000 valentines in total.

“Delaware veterans are extremely appreciative when someone thanks them for their service to our nation,” said Congressman Carney.  “Valentines for Vets is a great opportunity for young people to make a personal connection with a veteran and learn about the brave men and women who dedicate themselves to serving our country.”

Kenneth Riddle, veteran of the United States Army and resident of the Delaware Veteran’s Home, was pleased to see school children take such an interest in recognizing former military members.

“I think it is very nice,” commented Riddle who served in Germany from 1957 to 1959. “It’s good to know that the younger generation knows we are here and what veterans have done.”

Debbie and Bob LaMonte also visited the Delaware Veterans Home on Friday, wishing their father, Howard Miller a Happy Valentine’s Day. Serving in the United States Army for four years during World War II, Howard was stationed in several countries overseas including Germany, France and Britain. Debbie and Bob did not forget to bring their dog Zach and Howard’s dog Scottie along with them to brighten up his day.

“It’s all about love, my father loves to see us and of course the dogs,” commented Debbie. “The Delaware Veterans Home is a wonderful place, they do everything with heart and every one is treated with respect.”

Each year, the Delaware Veterans Home celebrates Valentine’s Day with its residents, inviting family, friends and community leaders to share their love with resident veterans. “We are always pleased with any endeavor that highlights our Delaware veterans and their service to our country,” said Bill Peterson, Director of the Delaware Veterans Home.  “Our residents are happy to participate in the Valentines for Vets program which aims to educate our young students about those who have served in the military.”