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OREGON POST HONORS "HEROES AT HOME"

Post 4116 throws Valentine's Day party in honor of military spouses.

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Valentine’s Day can be a difficult time for families separated by deployment. To brighten the day, Post 4116 put on a formal party in honor of the Oregon National Guard Delta Company’s “Heroes at Home.”

“We want our service members to know that we are here to support the family they’ve left behind,” said Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain Sherry Prudhon from Rogue River, Ore. “We know that families of deployed troops make huge sacrifices in the name of freedom and for that, we honor them as heroes.”

Guests at the party enjoyed karaoke, dancing, video games, crafts and, thanks to a VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) grant, a delicious feast prepared by volunteers.

After dinner, guests were presented with Valentine’s messages attached to carnations.

“It was heartbreaking to watch as the wives read their love notes,” said Prudhon. “One woman’s note repeated her wedding vows.”

To add to the event, one of the wives put together a slide show of pictures. Each photo portrayed members of the unit at work overseas.

“There were lots of tears,” said Prudhon. “Emotions ran from one extreme to the next.”

Over 50 people attended the party, and 20 volunteers from Post 4116 made the event a success.

“It makes my heart sing to know that our Post was able to make a difference in the lives of these families,” said Prudhon. “I’m looking forward to working with this unit again in the near future.”

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