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Momentos convey a thank you to veterans

By Staff | Jun 1, 2017

CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary   Gift bags were distributed to veterans at Wolf Run Village Assisted Living Center as a ‘Thank you for your service.’ Veterans included (left-right): Eugene Pauling, Anthony Kennedy, Grant Smith, Hurley Gordner, Ellis Houseknecht, and standing Robert Vetter. Absent from photo: Corder Davis, John Holmes and John Vermilya.

HUGHESVILLE – Veterans residing at Wolf Run Village Assisted Living Center near Hughesville were recipients of gift bags filled with niceties. The bags contained notes of thank you’s for their service, an activities book, two pencils, a pack of peanut butter cookies, and a flag. All were wrapped in a gentleman’s white cloth hanky.

“It was small really. It’s more about the ‘thank you’ than the gift,” said Connie Poust of Hughesville who supplied the items. Poust is a member of the auxiliary, the Sons of Veterans of the Civil War, General J. P. S. Gobin Camp 503, Pennsylvania Department at Sunbury.

It is the organization to which her husband is a member. “Other auxiliary members distribute gifts in their areas, I chose to do it locally,” Poust said. In 2013, under ancestor David Clinton Phillips, William “Bill” Poust joined the organization.

Due to meetings being held afternoons, several spouses accompanying members then gather separately as an auxiliary. Their activities often result in initiating kindnesses to others.

Those veterans honored at Wolf Run included Hurley Gordner, Army; Ellis Houseknecht, Air Force; Anthony Kennedy, Navy; Eugene Pauling, Air Force, Grant Smith, Army paratroopers; Robert Vetter, Army. Also at the facility were Corder Davis, John Holmes and John Vermilya.