Veteran’s Day came early for local vets in our area. The Bay County Vet Center invited vets and their families to enjoy food music and fellowship Saturday.
This was the first annual family fun day the Bay County Vet Center hosted, but it won't be their last.
In the parking lot of the Bay County Vet Center, music played, food cooked on the grill and veterans from everywhere were there to have a good time.
Organizers say more than 200 vets and their family members registered for today’s event.
Bay County Vet Center representative Matt Standish said, "We love our veterans and appreciate everything that they've done."
At today's event veterans are welcome to pamphlets and information about Bay County Vet Center services.
Matt Standish is a 26-year Air Force veteran. Along with many other vets, Standish works at the Bay County Vet Center.
"Just to be able to be out here to give something back to, to let our veterans know or let the public know what we do for veterans because our vet center is a very very special service," Standish said.
Army Veteran Lucretia Jones-Wentworth said, "It's easy for other people to say thank you but it's kind of nice to be around those who have also served."
The day turned emotional for several vets who say they're just happy to be home with their loved ones.
"I'm I'm I’m alive,” said Alvin L. McCray, Army National Guard Veteran.
And through today's family fun day, matt was at his welcome center ready to greet the next veteran that came by.
"I'm always looking for the veterans I always check. But if somebody walks up to my table I always ask and say, 'hey are you a veteran?'," said Standish.
The Bay County Vet Center plans to host another combat veterans and family fun day next year.
If you are a veteran and would like more information about vet centers you can visit www.vetcenter.Va.Gov.