Minot AFB hosts annual Thanksgiving Day of Love

Minot AFB hosts annual Thanksgiving Day of Love

Team Minot Airmen assist a Thanksgiving Day of Love attendee off the bus at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 23, 2017. Approximately 190 seniors were transported to the Jimmy Doolittle Center for the Day of Love by Team Minot volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Minot AFB hosts annual Thanksgiving Day of Love

Ann Sellers, Minot senior representative, speaks during the annual Thanksgiving Day of Love at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 23, 2017. The Day of Love began in 1969 to promote community relations and involve base personnel separated from their families during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Minot AFB hosts annual Thanksgiving Day of Love

Susan Wagers, 5th Force Support Squadron special programs coordinator, crowns the eldest woman during the annual Thanksgiving Day of Love at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 23, 2017. Every year, the eldest participants are crowned as queen and king of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Minot AFB hosts annual Thanksgiving Day of Love

Susan Wagers, 5th Force Support Squadron special programs coordinator, crowns the eldest man during the annual Thanksgiving Day of Love at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 23, 2017. The eldest man in attendance was born in 1923 while the eldest woman was born in 1926. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

Minot AFB hosts annual Thanksgiving Day of Love

Kim Lemley, 5th Medical Group exceptional family care coordinator, serves food during the annual Thanksgiving Day of Love at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 23, 2017. Approximately 75 base personnel volunteered to drive buses, escort seniors, serve meals and help in the kitchen during the Day of Love. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

The 48th annual Thanksgiving Day of Love for Minot Air Force Base and the community was celebrated Nov. 23 where approximately 190 seniors were escorted to the Jimmy Doolittle Center for a Thanksgiving meal served by Minot AFB Airmen.

The Day of Love began in 1969 under the innovation and leadership of Mr. Claude “Bud” Ebert, well known throughout the Air Force-wide Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs community for his dedication to the programs during this era. The “Day of Love” was an expression used to promote the relationship between Airmen and senior citizens who share the absence of extended family to celebrate this holiday.

“A close relationship has been formed between the Commission on Aging and the base for the past several years,” said Susan Wagers, 5th Force Support Squadron special programs coordinator. “Many seniors mark their calendars year after year, anxiously awaiting the hospitality of the base and sharing their military background and stories with today’s Airmen.”

During the event, Col. Matthew Brooks, 5th Bomb Wing commander, and Col. Cathy Barrington, 91st Operations Group commander, accepted a plaque in representation of Team Minot’s role in preserving the United States’ freedom.

Additionally, the eldest man, born in 1923 and the eldest woman, born in 1926, were crowned as king and queen of the event.

During the event, 75 base volunteers assisted by driving buses, escorting seniors, serving meals and helping in the kitchen.

“It was an honor to volunteer for this event,” said Senior Airman Malcolm Ford, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operations controller and Day of Love volunteer. “I felt exceptionally thankful to have family and friends to spend Thanksgiving with.”


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