Pastor Tony Bohrer challenges everyone to find something to be grateful for every day and if that fails, to be thankful for God's everlasting mercy. Sasha Nelson/staff
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Craig Post 4265 color guard re-enter the Lighthouse of Craig sanctuary after their salute to the flag. Sasha Nelson/staff
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Craig Post 4265 color guard prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the Lighthouse of Craig on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Sasha Nelson/staff
The Lighthouse of Craig singers perform during an early Thanksgiving dinner Sunday in honor of veterans.. Sasha Nelson/staff
Veterans are asked to lead the line to a buffet-style feast complete with pumpkin pie for desert at the Lighthouse of Craig's Thanksgiving day dinner honoring Veterans on Veteran's Day Nov. 11. Sasha Nelson/staff
Festive center pieces decorate the Lighthouse of Craig. Sasha Nelson/staff
A slide show honoring veterans was part of an early Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Lighthouse of Craig on Sunday. Sasha Nelson/staff
Gerald Martinez said he is grateful for the support shown him by other veterans and the community. Sasha Nelson/staff
Army veteran Patrick Winn, center, stands during a song of thanks. Also pictured are, left Cory and Kelton Joyce and, right, Ashely Joyce. Sasha Nelson/staff
Veterans are asked to lead the line to a buffet-style feast, complete with pumpkin pie for desert. Sasha Nelson/staff
Lighthouse of Craig partitioner Aubree Webb stands ready to help with salad — part of a Thanksgiving day dinner to honor veterans. Sasha Nelson/staff
CRAIG — Thanksgiving Day dinner arrived early in Craig as The Lighthouse of Craig on Sunday honored veterans, family, and friends with a special dinner.
“We have so much to be thankful for. … The good outweighs the bad,” said Pastor Tony Bohrer, as he asked the room to join him in thanking veterans for their service.
Army Veteran Patrick Winn, center, stands during a song of thanks. Also pictured are, left, Cory and Kelton Joyce and, right, Ashely Joyce.
Veteran Patrick Winn, who served in the U.S. Army from 2009 until 2012, said he felt very welcome and was looking forward to eating some “great food.” He added that, while they may not always have a chance to express their appreciation, veterans appreciate the community for holding events and activities to honor all those who have served.
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Craig Post 4265 presented a color guard before the festivities.
Veteran and color guard member Gerald Martinez said that, for himself, as for many veterans, the transition to civilian life was difficult, but it was made easier by the support he received from other veterans and the community at large.
Gerald Martinez said that he is grateful for the support shown him by other veterans and the community during an early Thanksgiving dinner, hosted Sunday by the Lighthouse of Craig.
Life is full of ups and downs and challenges, but that’s a good thing, said Bohrer, who used an analogy of someone hooked up to a heart monitor to explain: “If you have a heartbeat, it’ll go up and down.”
He then challenged the audience to “look around and find things you’re grateful for … the good and the bad,” each day. “If you struggle to find something to be grateful for his (God’s) mercy is every lasting.”
Referencing Thessalonians 5:15-18, Bohrer closed his remarks by saying: “In everything, give thanks” and asked those gathered to “thank our veterans,” before leading the blessing of the meal.