Thanksgiving celebrated at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home wanted to make this Thanksgiving extra special for its veterans.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday spent at a family members’ home surrounded by loved ones.

That can be difficult for the elderly veterans living at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

The caregivers and staff volunteered there Thanksgiving morning to serve a special meal to hundreds of vets and their family.

The Home spent several days preparing more than fifteen turkeys, as well as a wide array of sides like mashed potatoes and gravy.

The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh told 22News this meal allows veterans to feel at home, even when they’re far from it.

“This is a really nice day because it’s a day when our veterans and their families eat together in the cafeteria. It just makes it feel like home, which it should be – a place where they can just enjoy and be thankful for the many blessings we have,” said Walsh.

Superintendent Walsh said this Thanksgiving is special for him because its his first holiday at the Soliders’ Home.