After a brief reception, individual veterans were thanked and they received a small token of appreciation. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

Prior to the Nov. 7 council meeting, about 20 veterans plus their family members attended a reception honoring them for their service to the country.
The Wheatridge Middle School choir sang the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the start of the program and closed with ‘God Bless America.’

Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

Cheryl Harrison-Lee, city administrator, speaks to a full house at a Veterans Appreciation Program at Gardner City Hall on Nov. 7. About 50 persons attended a veterans appreciation reception prior to the city council meeting. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

“It is an honor to be able to show gratitude to our Gardner veterans for their service to our country,” Chris Morrow, mayor said prior to the event. “They are important figures in our community, and we hope this event demonstrates our appreciation for their commitment and sacrifice.”
After the proclamation and closing remarks, Morrow said he hoped the event would be held annually. Cheryl Harrison-Lee, city administrator, read a poem called ‘The Noble and the Brave.”
Council members lined up to present gifts of appreciation to each of the individual veterans in attendance.