LEWISTON — Museum L-A staff delivered thank-you cards to two veterans’ homes during the holidays in recognition of their service to the country.

Visitors age 5 and older wrote personal thank-yous on the note cards throughout the recent exhibit, “The Work of War: Honoring Our Veterans and the Ones They Left Behind.”

The exhibition had a station where visitors could complete a card to thank a veteran for serving their country. Younger visitors drew pictures of flags and soldiers, and adults added heartfelt notes of gratitude.

The cards were collected throughout the duration of the exhibit, as well as after a Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce breakfast. They were delivered by Museum L-A Collections and Exhibits Coordinator Emma Sieh and Museum L-A veteran volunteer Tom Jarvis to two veterans homes on Dec. 29.

The Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris received over 100 of the cards for their residents. The home, which provides 90 veterans from across the state with beds and 24-hour medical care, is focused on returning the veterans to their homes and communities whenever possible.

Nationally ranked in the top 4 percent of nursing homes, Maine Veterans Homes was pleased to receive the cards from Museum L-A. Activities Supervisor Pat Paar said, “Around this time of year, they receive several Christmas and holiday cards. It’s nice to receive some that are just a little bit different.”

Veterans Inc. in Lewiston also received over 20 cards from the exhibit. The organization grew out of a volunteer group that was committed to helping veterans and their families during hard times. They are now one of the largest providers of services to veterans throughout New England with housing, employment, training and healthcare.

The Lewiston branch has 17 veterans at their location and each one received a card from the exhibition. Staff thanked Museum L-A for thinking of them when trying to decide who would receive the cards.

“The Work of War: Honoring Our Veterans and the Ones They Left Behind” ran through Jan. 13.

Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal St. in the Bates Mill Complex. For more information, contact the museum at 207-333-3881 or email [email protected]

Harvey Delan of the Maine Veterans’ Homes in South Paris appreciates receiving a personalized note card from Museum L-A.

John Convey of the Maine Veterans’ Homes of South Paris ponders the message written on a thank-you note card from Museum L-A.

Peter White of the Maine Veterans’ Homes in South Paris reads the personalized thank-you note card from Museum L-A.


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