Mandan News

Veterans get a visit

Soldiers and airmen with the North Dakota National Guard visited the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon in Dec. 18 to deliver gifts and share a holiday meal with veterans, demonstrating their appreciation to those who have served in the military before them.

Sgt. First Class Billie Jo Martin, New Rockford, hugs and laughs with Carol Bass at the North Dakota Veterans Home. Martin hoped to meet up with Bass after discovering they were from the same hometown. (Submitted photo)

Sgt. First Class Billie Jo Martin, New Rockford, hugs and laughs with Carol Bass at the North Dakota Veterans Home. Martin hoped to meet up with Bass after discovering they were from the same hometown. (Submitted photo)

Peter J. Lee, a resident of the home from Finland, N.D., who served in Korea as a member of the 25th Infantry Division, said it was wonderful that current Guardsmen were visiting.

“It’s nice to see these guys,” Lee said. “It’s great to have younger veterans come to visit us older veterans. I’m really glad they came.”

“We’re always excited to be here,” Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, told Lee as they visited during lunch.

Sprynczynatyk was one of nearly 20 Guardsmen who visited the veterans and handed out 128 gifts, one for each veteran.

The state’s Army and Air National Guard components alternate responsibilities in coordinating the event, which has taken place for more than 20 years. This year’s event organizer was Command Sgt. Maj. Harley Schwind, state command sergeant major for the North Dakota Army National Guard.