Submitted by Council on Aging
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Commander Jon O’Connor, staff and volunteers of the American Legion Post 221 who provided an alternative drive-through Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon this Sunday for the residents of Bedford.
Every year, since 1974, the American Legion, has provided this very special event that brings together our 3rd generation, veterans, volunteers, staff, and Town leadership. I am honored to have been a small part of the last 5 years and always enjoy seeing everyone spending this important time together.
When COVID19 came to Town in the spring of this year the COA moved to virtual programs and alternative services over the phone. Gatherings, group programs, in-person services, and lunches all had to pause. Our role in the community is to bring people together to socialize and engage with each other. COVID has been tough for ‘our people’. Once our virtual offerings began I was pleased to see attendance grow, which has also continued over time. However, those regular meals that bring people together are not as easy to replicate.
Thanks to your commitment to this annual event and your dedicated volunteers, you were able to provide a delicious, generous Thanksgiving meal to over 90 people and keep this tradition alive. This year COVID19 has halted so many things and the holidays can be difficult for those living alone or with family far away. This Thanksgiving event is the high point of the holidays for many and the alternative drive-thought allowed us to celebrate each other and come together, although we are apart.
None of this would have been possible without your leadership, planning, and preparation. Thank you very much on behalf of the Bedford Council on Aging and our community of seniors. I would also like to wish you and the Legion family a peaceful Thanksgiving. I am grateful to you and for you.