Thank A Veteran For Their Service

Thank A Veteran For Their Service Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Veterans say the best way to honor them on Veterans Day is to say "Thank You."

Ken Schulte, a Vietnam veteran, says it really helps soldiers heal.

"Those are the two words that I think mean more than anything a person can do for a veteran. If you say thank you to them, it makes you well up, that's all I can tell you."

Schulte says many restaurants are offering free food to veterans on Saturday as a way to say thank you for their service.

Some restaurants in the St. Cloud area taking part include Texas Roadhouse, Applebee's, Red Lobster, IHOP, and Olive Garden.

Each restaurant has different specials for veterans. You can check out some of them by clicking here.

The St. Cloud VA will pay tribute to veterans with a ceremony featuring keynote speaker retired U.S. Army Major David Hintgen.

The event starts at 1:30 p.m. in Building 8, the VA Auditorium.

A reception will be held afterwords.

One of the many veterans KNSI News has had the honor to meet over the years by covering veterans events in Central Minnesota is World War II veteran Al Scheeler. (pictured below)

Al was 99 when he was honored on Memorial Day 2016 with his name of the granite monument outside VFW Granite Post 428 in St. Cloud.

Scheeler was a medic in World War II, serving in Europe.

He returned to his farm in Kimball when the war ended and started a family, many of which were at the ceremony with him.

Scheeler passed away in September of 2016.

He would've turned 100-years-old the following month. Thank you for your service Al.

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