By Analiz G. Schremmer
(DALLAS)—Buckner Hearts in Action, a group of military supporters from Buckner Retirement Village, spent their morning giving out candy, camouflage skull caps and hugs to a group of military men and women flying out of DFW International Airport on Nov. 1.
“They do this on the first Monday of every month,” said Alicia Russell, executive director of the Buckner Retirement Village in Dallas. “But this time they are working together with the Mesquite Christian Center and the Seagoville Senior Center. All three of these groups crocheted skull caps for our soldiers, to give them out today.”
[caption id="attachment_1635" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Lorine Davis, a faithful member of Buckner Hearts in Action, gave out free hugs to the members of the military. She is a resident of the Buckner Retirement Village."][/caption]
Rhenda White-Brunner, who directs USO in Dallas/ Fort Worth, said the support from the community means a lot to the troops.
“This is an effort for them, they come here to encourage the soldiers, but they may be facing their own physical and health challenges. Many of them are veterans and so they are just letting them know that they are cared about, valued, respected and love. It’s from their heart that they are here.”
“I just enjoy getting out here to shake their hands,” Davis said. “They need all the support they can get.”
In late October, Davis and Curtis Campbell, another resident at the Buckner Retirement Village, participated in the Veteran’s Honor Flight in Dallas. The flight recognizes Veterans for their sacrifice by flying them to see their war memorial at no cost.
[caption id="attachment_1636" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Pete Davis, 87, gives his appreciation to one of the soldiers preparing to depart. "I just enjoy getting out there to shake their hands," he said. Davis is a WWII Veteran."][/caption]
“They flew us from DC to Maryland to see the monuments and visit some patients of the Walter Reed Army Hospital who were injured in battle,” Davis said. “We visited ones who had suffered anything from missing limbs and eyes and were able to encourage them. We want all these people to know that we appreciate their sacrifice.”