JESSUP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – Thursday is Veterans Day, a day to honor our local heroes who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
“There were only five of us and there were many. My heart was beating so hard I thought they could hear it, ”said Victor Ortalano.
Navy veteran Victor Ortalano visited Vietnam at the age of 17, remembering some of the scariest moments of his life. However, his homecoming in the 1960s was anything but welcoming.
“It was mean, they cursed us. It hurts, ”said Ortalano.
That’s why he and his veteran colleagues were thrilled to receive a free breakfast at Eatery by Jessica.
“It’s my way of honoring our veterans. I’ve been doing this since 2014 and I’m thankful that we can still do it every year, ”said Jessica Cirba, owner of The Eatery By Jessica.
“I thought I would come and see how it was and they are doing a good job, a great job,” said Army veteran Willard Abram said.
Veterans Promise President David Ragan works year-round to help veterans like him make the transition to civilian life.
“It means everything, fellowship, fellowship, being able to honor the service and sacrifice that veterans do to our great country to see communities embrace us, it really means the world to us,” said Ragan.
So it doesn’t matter if you’re across the country or here in northeast and central Pennsylvania, if you see a veteran today, be sure to say thank you.