GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It was a holly jolly Christmas for local veterans. Many celebrated their Christmas at the Veterans Art Center in Grand Junction. There they had a sparkling tree, wrapped presents and a holiday meal.
U.S. Navy Veteran, Bill Dittman, said, "It's not my family, but in a sense it is family because we all served in the military."
Dittman said it's similar to the Christmas he spent overseas in the 1960s. "Strange because I didn't have any family. The only family I had was the members on my ship, the service men that were on my ship," said Dittman.
If it wasn't for the Veterans Art Center, Dittman said he'd be spending Christmas alone. "I'm so glad I came here... One there's a free meal and two I like art," said Dittman.
The founder of the Veteran Art Center, Wendy Hoffman, put the special celebration together. She said, "A lot of them just didn't' have family to spend it with and some did have family, but really didn't have anything planned. It's really good because you get a combination of all them and its been a real social activity and it's been really great today."
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