12:03 PM

N.C. Unit Visits Veterans Home for Christmas

Cadet Airman Aliciana Bylica
Goldsboro Composite Squadron
North Carolina Wing

Members of the North Carolina Wing’s Goldsboro Composite Squadron did their part to make Christmastime special for residents of the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston.

The squadron’s visit opened in the social hall with a posting of the squadron’s color guard, followed by a flag-folding ceremony and, after that, the Missing in Action/Prisoner of War ceremony. Cadet 1st Lt. Aidan Thibodeaux led the color guard, while Cadet Maj. Maggie Thibodeaux led the flag-folding.

 Cadet Senior Airman Zane Turbyfill then addressed the assembled veterans, describing his father’s service and the inspiration his father and other veterans have given him “to follow their footsteps in service and sacrifice.” In addition, Cadet Airman Brock thanked the veterans for their service and Cadet 1st Lt. Benjamin Michael spoke of his aspirations to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and how CAP has helped him develop his leadership skills.

Then the cadets visited with the veterans, listening to their stories and taking to heart their words of wisdom.

“It was nice to see cadets meet with veterans, not only honoring them but visiting with them,” said Senior Member Alanna Cunningham. “These veterans do not get the attention they deserve, and they greatly appreciated it.”

Afterward, cadets went door to door handing out Christmas cards and continuing to spend time with the residents.

“The veterans thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Goldsboro Composite Squadron,” said Kimberly Dixon, activities director for the veterans home. “The MIA/POW ceremony was the most touching part of the ceremony. The cadets were very polished during each demonstration."