A Day of Appreciation for Lackawanna County Veterans

BLAKELY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— On Saturday evening, a faith-based community in Lackawanna County came together to say “thank you” to our veterans in a special way.

Our heroes deserve to be recognized not just on Veterans Day, but every day. That’s why a worshiping community came together to host a late summer party centered on gratitude.

Patriotic songs performed by musician Nate Hosie echoed throughout Peckville Assembly of God Church Pavilion at Blakely.

American flags adorned every table where members of the community and those who fought for our freedom sat enjoying food and camaraderie.

“Thank you for our veterans, Lord,” said Pastor Terry Drost of the Peckville Assembly of God Church.

Prayer is a routine practice for Pastor Terry Drost and many in the ministry, but that evening those prayers were for veterans and their families at this inaugural Veterans Appreciation event. .

“This is just one of the ways we just want to say thank you to those who have served to protect and defend our freedoms here in this great country of ours. We just thank God for them. We try to honor them, but I think we will never be able to say thank you or show them enough appreciation,” Pastor Drost said.

Retired Lackawanna County Judge and Vietnam Veteran Tom Munley shared his war stories with the crowd.

“A veteran doesn’t ask for much. But all that really matters to a veteran is when you see him if you say thank you for your service,” Munley told Eyewitness News.

A simple gesture that means a lot for Vietnam veteran Vito Gentile of Scranton.

“When we came back from Vietnam, we didn’t get the welcome they get now. We’ve been pushed aside, forget that guy over there. And I’m really happy that we’re honored here today,” Gentile explained.

The Peckville Assembly of God Church has volunteer-run bereavement and recovery ministries to help veterans and anyone who needs support.

For more information on their mission, head to their website.

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