Christian Center students visit with local veterans

WEIRTON – Children attending the Weirton Christian Center, on Wednesday, helped to show their respect for the nation’s military and those who have served with a visit to veterans living at the Wyngate Senior Living Community.

Kathy Hawken, from the military and veterans committee of the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network, explained the visit was part of a program they have been holding this week with the Christian Center.

“Some have veterans in their family,” Hawken said. “Most do not.”

Wednesday’s event continued the week of activities, while providing a chance for the children to show their appreciation to some of the veterans living in the Weirton area.

Visiting students met with close to 30 veterans living at Wyngate, presented them with gifts including pins, cards and red, white and blue hats, and spoke to them about their experiences.

Other aspects of the program have included discussions on the various divisions within the U.S. military and how they operate.

“We’ve been teaching them a little about the military branches,” Hawken said.

On Monday, the children heard from Peggy Bahnsen, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and on Tuesday the Tri-State Young Marine Corp. visited to set up an obstacle course for the children.

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