Bath, N.Y. (WENY) - Congressman Tom Reed was joined by multiple local politicians today at the Bath VA Medical Center to spread the Valentine's spirit to our local veterans.
Reed started the Valentines for Vets event 11 years ago, in which local students from kindergarten through the 12th grade write valentines to be shared with our local heroes. Reed says, "There was a group of us that kind of got together and said what can we do to maybe in a unique way show appreciation for our Vets."
Being from a military family, Reed says he knows the importance of honoring our veterans. Reed says, "I've been taught as a young boy you never forget our Vets, you stand with them when they're deployed. You stand with them and their families, when they come home you stand with them and their families and that is part of the message here today."
The VA says they received around 3,000 cards, maybe more, from students in the area. Reed says, "Just recognize that freedom, it comes at a cost and the sacrifice that these men and women do and have done is what we have to recognize and for the next generation to appreciate that, I think it's critical for us to be a strong nation going forward."
Acting Medical Center Director Ken Piazza touched on how important the outpouring of support is to the veterans. Piazza says, "It is wonderful to have these cards made from kindergartners up to 12th graders, all expressing in their own way their thanks and their love of veterans. It's honestly heartwarming."