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Conn. Guardsmen visit Enfield veterans

A group of veterans poses for a group photo op with 103rd Airlift Wing members. The event was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas)

A group of veterans poses for a group photo op with 103rd Airlift Wing members. The event was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas)

Airman 1st Class Michelle Saucier, 103rd Airlift Wing, talks with residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence home in Enfield, Conn. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. The event was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas)

Airman 1st Class Michelle Saucier, 103rd Airlift Wing, talks with residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence home in Enfield, Conn. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. The event was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas)

Airman Basic Mara Puetz, 103rd Airlift Wing, shares a smile with a friend over lunch at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence home in Enfield, Conn. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. The event was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas)

Airman Basic Mara Puetz, 103rd Airlift Wing, shares a smile with a friend over lunch at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence home in Enfield, Conn. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. The event was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers. (Photo courtesy of Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas)

ENFIELD, Conn. -- On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010, a group of our Guardsmen spent their afternoon having a wonderful lunch and spending quality time with those veterans who are residence at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Enfield, Conn.

The idea was the brain child of Kathi Carney, Director of Activities for the home, who felt that Veterans Day is something special and needed to mark it with a special function. She reached out through a mutual friend to Chief Master Sgt. Robert Zukauskas who then enlisted the help of six eager volunteers from the 103rd Airlift Wing. The group spent a fun-filled day talking to the veterans, most of WWII and a couple from the Korean war, eating, sharing "war" stories, taking a tour of their facilities and in the afternoon, sharing in a patriotic song and a red-white, and blue cake made by the kitchen staff. Each Guardsman had the opportunity to share their ideas of Veterans Day with the residents and show a deep appreciation for those who have served before us.

It was a day of laughter and enjoyment and all look forward in doing it again next year.