Local Farmers Bring Community Members Together to Honor Veterans

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MONROEVILLE, N.J. -

Hundreds of servicemen and women came out to Schober’s Farm Market on Thursday, November 8th, to kick off their annual Veterans Special event.

Not only are the veterans offered free produce, but they’re recognized and thanked by the many volunteers running the event for their service to our country.

“A lot of them have never been told ‘thank you’ before," said Johnson Hurff, owner of Wm. Schober Sons Farm Market.

This will be the 13th year Schober's representatives have put on the Veterans Special, and with each year Hurff said it’s been getting bigger and bigger. Many community volunteers, and people from churches, and other local farms like Duffield's and Cassaday Farms even donate to the cause.

“Because of what they sacrificed that’s why we have the freedom that we have today," said Hurff. "And if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have what we have today."

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The countless 'thank yous' to the men and women who came in for their free fruits, veggies and apple cider, created a ripple effect. The veterans said they are just as thankful for recognition.

“It’s great that the people in the vicinity get together to do something for us," said Ralph Maddocks, veteran, U.S. Coast Guard. "So, I really appreciate that." 

Veterans had the opportunity to sit down with other servicemen and women to reminisce about their times in the military and learn about other assignments other than their own. For some, bringing up the old memories was difficult.

“For some people I imagine it’s a trying time," said John Wudarski, veteran, U.S. Air Force. "But thank God we’re all safe and sound in the good ol' United States." 

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The volunteers and employees at Schober's are expecting over 2,400 veterans to pass through for the event.

Hurff explained that if he had to put a number on it, about $30- $40,000 worth of produce will be given out to the veterans starting Thursday and continuing until Saturday, November 10th.

For more information, visit Wm. Schober Sons' Facebook page.

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