It is never too late to thank a veteran and pay respect for his or her sacrifice.
Since 2003, a key group of Jefferson City residents has worked together to bring a variety of welcome home-type events for soldiers both before and after deployments.
Pat Rowe Kerr and her husband, John, are among the coordinators of the past events and are spearheading the 1 p.m. Dec. 10, "It's never too late to thank and welcome them home" event at First United Methodist Church.
This event will feature retired Capt. Charlie Plumb. Plumb spent 6 years - 2,103 days - as a prisoner of war during Vietnam. Those years were spent in Communist prison camps, where Plumb quickly became known for his positive attitude and expertise in underground communication.
When he returned home in 1973, Plumb thought no one would want to hear his story, especially since his fellow soldiers had received such a dismal welcome home.
It was after agreeing to a hospital interview during recovery that Plumb realized people did want to hear his story and by hearing the story of his triumph he may be able to help others.