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Saying "Thank You" to military families

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 24, 2007 11:08 AM

MILFORD

After years of hosting an annual Memorial Day Veteran’s lunch in his home town of Milford, Michael Shain decided it was time to recognize military families as well.

All families of active duty service members from the greater Milford area are invited to his "Thanks to Yanks" chicken dinner on September 11, which will be held in the Myriad Ballroom in Mendon. The free, nonpolitical event is intended simply to pay tribute to the sacrifices service families make.

"They have to deal with this on a daily basis," said Shain. "I have a friend in Milford whose son was in Iraq for a year, and that kind of stress, it just changes you. You’re always worried about that knock on the door."

Both cash donations as well as in-kind donations of decorations and small thank you gifts for the families are being sought. Volunteers are also invited to help with planning and decorating.

Due to privacy laws that protect the identities of military families, invitations are being made mostly via word of mouth. Anyone who knows families with a loved one on active duty or who wishes to attend should contact Shain at 508-330-8487 as soon as possible. Donations may be sent to Thanks to Yanks, c/o Medway Cooperative Bank, 70 Main St., P.O. Box 740,
Medway, MA 02053. All contributions will be acknowledged.

-- Denise Taylor

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