The Oct. 13 event at Mashpee's Willowbend Country Club on Cape Cod still will be marked by pride and gratitude as 30 celebrities help Soares raise funds to help homeless and disabled vets through the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center.
Soldier On knows the importance of having a home and with the near completion of the village for women veterans this sentiment will be accessible to all who have served in the military, not just the men.
She was just a young child but Mayor Linda Tyer remembers watching soldiers returning from the Vietnam War on television.
Her mother had a silver bracelet etched with the name of Francis Edward Visconti, a soldier from Syracuse, N.Y. that was serving overseas. Such bracelets featuring the names of soldiers were worn by women back home and wasn't supposed to be taken off until the soldier returned.
Michael King knows firsthand that it can get tricky navigating veterans benefits programs and he's ready to help out any veteran who needs it.
"Every issue, generally speaking, has a different process to follow," King said.
Britton Street resident John Carey said what happened to his home is "the American way."
The elderly veteran is living in the home his grandfather had built. But, it was getting old and falling into disrepair and Carey simply couldn't come up with what was needed to make those fixes.
They spread out over the city's cemeteries on Saturday, more than 200 volunteers seeking out names and placing wreaths.
It was part of the National Wreaths Across America Day, what is becoming an annual event to remember those who served in the nation's military. More than 3,000 wreaths were placed on graves at Southview, Hill Side, Blackinton and St. Joseph's cemeteries.
Lined up in ranks across tables and the floor were shopping bags, wrapped gifts, cards and sports bags filled with necessities were ready for pickup on Friday morning at the North Adams Veterans Office.