SAYING 'THANK YOU' TO THOSE WHO SERVED VETS ENJOY HOLIDAY PARTY.Byline: Susan Abram Staff Writer
NEWHALL- World War II Veteran Norman O'Dell knows it's good to hear the words ``thank you.''
As he sat down Sunday Sunday: see Sabbath; week. to a plate of deep-fried turkey, mashed potatoes n. pl. 1. Potatoes which have been boiled and mashed to a pulpy consistency, usu. with sparing addition of milk, salt, butter, or other flavoring. It is a popular accompaniment to a meat course [U.S., 1900's], providing bulk and calories to a meal. and vegetables inside the American Legion American Legion, national association of male and female war veterans, founded (1919) in Paris. Membership is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Hall, Post 507, O'Dell said the veterans of wars both past and present need to hear it every once and a while.
``There's been a lot of sacrifices made for everything we have,'' said the 76-year-old Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, resident, who was stationed in the Philippines during the war, in the Army's Finance Department. Part of his job included sending family back home the personal items from soldiers that were killed in action.
``People don't say thank you anymore.''
But he heard it on Sunday, along with families of soldiers and Marines overseas who were treated to a special Christmas party at the post. Later in the evening, Santa Claus Santa Claus: see Nicholas, Saint.
jolly, gift-giving figure who visits children on Christmas Eve. [Christian Tradition: NCE, 1937]
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Santa Claus would visit to bring toys to the children of servicemen and servicewomen.
``For the last few years, we would hold a community party for the children of the neighborhood. But we figured this year, we have kids in Iraq, and we just wanted to say thank you to their families,'' said Ed Elks, commander of the Post. ``I just thought it would be better to recognize them.''
Santa Clarita, he said, has been affected by the war in many ways. Not only are there dozens of young men and women overseas, but this year three local residents were killed in action.
Elks said it was important to show support for the troops and their families.
``I'm glad we all support them,'' he said. ``I just wish we weren't over there.''
Susan Abram, (661) 257-5257
(1 -- 2 -- color) Ed Elks, top, commander of the Veteran of American Legion Post 507, greets Santa and Mrs. Claus Mrs. Claus is a folk hero, and is the wife of Santa Claus in many modern versions of the Santa Claus legend.
In many current versions of the mythos, Mrs. Claus lives with her husband and assists with the production of Santa's toys, sometimes overseeing their production by at a party and dinner for veterans and their families, above, Sunday afternoon in Newhall.
(3) Santa reaches out to calm an uneasy youngster during the Christmas party Sunday at VFW See Video for Windows. Post 507 in Newhall.
Tom Mendoza/Staff Photographer