Stew Leonard’s gift meals to veterans for Memorial Day weekend

Stew Leonard's gift meals to veterans for Memorial Day weekend

NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — This Memorial Day Weekend, we remember the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

To honor them, a group of veterans packaged and donated 100 meals for military families.

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“It’s a beautiful thing,” Zimmerman said. “It is an honor to be able to help other veterans. That’s what it’s all about.”

They partnered with Stew Leonard’s location in Newington for its first ever Stew’s For Soldiers event.

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“Typically, people think Memorial Day is the kickoff to summer,” said Stew Leonard’s store manager Jenn Polaski. “It’s the first weekend we can come to summer barbecues and stuff, and we just wanted to take the time to honor service members who have lost their lives.”

The boxes contained pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, salads and rolls. Each set could feed eight people.

Veteran Bill Green and his family received a meal. He served with the Army Green Berets in Afghanistan and remembers the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s something you can never get over,” Green said.

At the same time, he is grateful for the food to enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend.

“It is difficult, but they did what they had to; and we did what we had to do, too,” Green said. “It’s a blessing. It is a blessing.”

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