Veterans were filled with emotions, " Makes me want to cry once in a while, shed a couple of tears maybe" said WWII Veteran Loyd Scott. The Oakmont Retirement Center hosted it's second annual fundraiser Saturday with one gaol in mind, hororing those who fought for our country. " We truly honor the veterans, they are the group that gave us our freedom to begin with and what we have today so anything we can give back we do" said Kelly Molatore, manager of Oakmont.
Members from the Oakmont put on the event in a way to say thank you to all the men and women who risked their lives to ensure our freedom. Money raised will go directly to the Veterans of Modern Warfare, which assists veterans with everything from doctor bills to counseling. But veterans say acts such as this are priceless. 36-year old Dennis Payne of Paradise attended. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Marines, serving from 1996 to 2000. "Personally, it makes me feel wonderful because they're here to help us" said Payne.
Community members and veterans alike were invited to the event which featured a classic car show, war memorabilia, and more than 50 booth, many of which were directed towards veteran issues. But the most important thing offered was appreciation. "It fills their hearts, I think it just says thank you to them" said Molatore. Loyd Scott was a WWII Veteran and survived Pearl Harbor "I've had several people come up and shake my hand today, and I appreciate that" Scott said.