From free haircuts to dental work, folks find various ways to thank WNC veterans

We can't really thank veterans  enough, but Veterans Day weekend gives us a chance to show our appreciation in different ways. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

We can't really thank veterans enough, but Veterans Day weekend gives us a chance to show our appreciation in different ways.

At the Laurels of GreenTree Ridge, 10 were honored as Hometown Heroes, including World War II heroes Brick Ellis, Glen McCurry and JC McElroy, who celebrated his 92nd birthday.

"Yes sir, if I could go back in right now, I would," McElroy said. "Yeah, if I could go right back in right now. I loved it."

In Hendersonville, a stylist at Studio Capelli is offering free haircuts through Saturday to vets. She's doing it in honor of her cousin Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in the line of duty.

So helping veterans means a lot to her.

"It really touches my heart to see something I gave back to them," Kendal Burgess said.

"I think it's a fabulous thing. And, when I saw it, I thought it was great. And she's doing the best haircut I think I've had in years," said Will Steiner, who's an Army veteran.

Elsewhere, local dental offices gave free care to those who served. Mills River and Hendersonville Family Dental offered cleanings, crowns, dentures, etc.

"It's awesome. We get this opportunity at least once a year to get the care that I believe we should have any way," Army vet Michael Kelley said.

Whether it's providing a service or simply taking the time to listen, each gesture is meaningful.

"I think it's to show that we're still in touch, we still care and we're here for them," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Singleton, who presented the Hometown Hero Awards. "We want to learn from them."

"This is a good opportunity to recognize those veterans and say thank you and try to absorb the stories they have," Singleton added. "They have great lessons to teach us, things we can carry today through our future."

Veterans' stories grow more valuable with time.

"Well, I've lived a good life, I guess," McElroy said.

Clearly, that was the understatement of the day.

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