BRIDGEWATER, NJ - On Nov. 18, the Linkages Department (funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families), as well as staff and students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) welcomed United States of America Veterans to their second annual event entitled, “An Attitude of Gratitude.” 

Organized by Linkages staff members Elaine Howe and Bridget Donovan, along with Social Studies Instructor & Army Veteran Ed M. Graf, students were able to create thank you cards for and interact with a group of veterans at the event.  Some of the thank you cards were distributed at the event itself and others were delivered by Linkages to Lyons Hospital.  In addition to the event, students from the Culinary Arts program created and served a meal for the veterans in the TradeWins restaurant.  Veterans attending the event were from the Connecticut Farms American Legion Post 35 in Union, N.J. who served in various branches of the military and in different wars.  Also attending the event were two active duty soldiers, Staff Sergeant Soto and Sergeant Gilman. 

“The day is very important for the veterans,” said Ed M. Graf. “They feel they are passing the torch of freedom to a new generation. The students feel that they are reaching back into our history and picking up that torch of freedom for them and future generations.  The students were quite engaged in the talks.”

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