MONTVILLE, NJ – Members of Montville’s Veterans of Foreign War Post 5481 gathered at Rails Steakhouse Dec. 3 for what has become a treasured holiday tradition. For the fourth year in a row, Rails owner Jim Stathis has treated the veterans to a full holiday party on him.
The post, which is nearing its 50th anniversary, has veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, plus the Gulf and Afghanistan Wars. VFW Vice Post Commander Jeff Jones said he learned, in addition, that Stathis’ own father fought in World War II in Italy.
While the veterans and their loved ones enjoyed the three-course meal, their distinguished guest Alus played a couple of her original songs for them. The rising star, a graduate of Montville Township High School and Montville’s School of Rock, has played for the veterans before.
“We were so moved by her rendition of Amazing Grace at the Sept. 11th commemoration ceremony that we had to invite her as a thank you, and then she offered to play,” said Post Commander Ken Hanzl. “We are also so thankful, of course, to Mr. Stathis and the entire staff of Rails for this wonderful holiday treat. It’s a tradition the entire post comes out for and truly enjoys. While Rails Steakhouse has not sought recognition for this kind gesture, we, as grateful veterans, would like the New Jersey community to know about their generosity.”
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Rails’ Director of Operations Mike Mulligan said, “It’s our pleasure to host the veterans, and we thank them for their service.”
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