Christmas at the Marion VA Hospital
MARION -- It was an early Christmas celebration for veterans at the VA hospital in Marion Sunday. Dozens of patients came together for an hour of live music and dancing. The event was held in the nursing home lobby and featured a combination of holiday music and rock and roll.
Those who helped organize the annual get-together say the event is meant to bring a little extra holiday cheer for the vets.
"The spirit of Christmas isn't in those physical things. Sometimes it's in the gift of what we give. Through our music and our dancing we hope to provide to these men and women who have made a difference for our country," says Julie Ann Barnes, one of the band members.
This is the sixth annual Christmas dance held at the VA hospital. But patients say the dances aren't reserved just for the holidays. The VA puts on these musical events every few months.
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