A nice hot meal is one way to express a great big thank you for the selfless dedication exhibited by our fine veterans in years past.

Nearly 50 veterans along with their companions were treated to a spaghetti and meatball dinner as part of the fifth annual Veterans Day Dinner Tuesday at the Village at Palmerton.

Jennifer Ebert, director of marketing and public relations, said more than 30 veterans attended, in addition to another dozen-plus veterans who reside at the Village.

Ebert said the veterans appeared to be pleased with the hearty spaghetti and meatball dinner they received.

"So far, they told me the spaghetti was very good; kudos to the chef," Ebert said. "We have an abundance of coffee, tea, and juice."

Musical entertainment followed, as well as a performance from the Parryville Band.

Jim Ruch of Walnutport, a U.S. Army veteran, said he felt a great sense of pride.

"I want to thank the people who took care of this and make it a delicious meal," Ruch said. "God bless America, and pray for all those who died for us to make it a free country."

Anthony Rezeli of Palmerton, a World War II veteran, said it's nice to be recognized.

"This makes you feel good," Rezeli said. "This is my first time, and I'm sorry I missed the last four years."

Marline Kester of Bowmanstown, a World War II veteran, also enjoyed the meal and kind gesture, according to his wife, Marie Kester.

"I think it's very nice, and think it's a great honor for them," Marie Kester said. "The veterans are very good to Marlin."

Ebert said the Village was privileged to be able to host the veterans even if for only one night.

"You can't say thank you enough," she said. "This is just a small way to say thank you for what they've done and sacrificed, and also a way for the community to come in."