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Veteran Services in Mercer Counrty Are Providing Holiday Meal Packages.

According to Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, Mercer County Veteran Services, under the direction of Division Chief Medina Wilson, supports veterans year-round in a variety of ways, as demonstrated by recent events like a Veterans Day Ceremony and a recent Pearl Harbor Remembrance.

Hughes attended the Mercer County Office Park gym’s annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance on December 4 together with representatives from Veteran Services and local veterans.

Few of the survivors of the conflict are still living today, he remarked, noting that it had been 81 years since the attack on America’s naval station at Pearl Harbor (on December 7, 1941). But it’s crucial that we keep teaching the next generation about the significance of the incident that sparked the start of World War II in our country and that we remember those who lost their lives to defend our freedoms.

A yearly Veterans Meal Drive assists veterans in Mercer County. Up to 100 veterans and their families will receive meal packages from Veteran Services this year. Veterans will get gift bags with essentials and gift cards for a delectable holiday meal on December 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Mercer County Office Park, 1440 Parkside Ave. in Ewing, while supplies last.

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Hughes participated in the annual Veterans Day ceremony conducted at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club in Mercer County at the beginning of November. In order to assist veterans in need throughout the holiday season, Hughes praised the Knights of Columbus, the Bishop Griffin Assembly, the Central New Jersey Centennial Chapter, and District 25 Deputy Al Ambrose for donating ShopRite gift cards at the event.

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In addition, the County held a Veterans Expo at the Mercer County Office Park, where the County Clerk’s Office, County Connection, and a variety of vendors offered details on the many products, services, programs, and discounts offered to veterans, according to Hughes.

During the state Veterans Day ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel, the New Jersey Governor’s “We Value Our Veterans Community Award” was given to Mercer County Veterans Services. Communities that appreciate the sacrifices, patriotism and bravery of New Jersey service members are given the Community Award.

Veterans will also have the chance to participate in a raffle for a range of prizes, including an Apple iPhone 14, all of which were donated by Amazon, in addition to the Christmas meal package. On December 15, there will be a raffle drawing.

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Every year, our communities support this fundraising effort greatly, said, Hughes. “Mercer County is great because of kindness like that. Let’s keep demonstrating our appreciation for our veterans after all they have sacrificed.

If you want to donate, please make checks payable to the Mercer County Trust Fund. Send donations to 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing, NJ 08638 for the Mercer County Division of Veteran Services. Call 609-989-6120 if you’d like more information on making a donation.

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