BATH -- Veterans Day is a big deal at the Bath VA, where veterans are being honored this weekend with performances and celebrations.

“Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to thank them for their service,” said Lynn Dinehart, volunteer and recreation manager at the Bath VA. “Even though we do it every day of the year here at the Bath VA, it’s a special day for our community veterans and our veterans that live here in our facility.”

Throughout the weekend, veterans have been treated to special events and meals to thank them for their service to the country.

On Saturday, the Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band held a special concert for veterans in the auditorium. After beginning with The Star Spangled Banner, the band played American Pie before jumping into patriotic songs such as the Armed Forces Salute and The Ballade of the Green Berets.

“They made today a special day,” said Air Force veteran John Clark. “I never expected all of this. We didn’t get welcomed home like this.”

Clark, who served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 and was involved in the Tet Offensive, said what the Bath VA has done to celebrate Veterans Day has meant a lot to him.

“I’m celebrating my 50th year this year from Vietnam,” he said. “This is sort of like my welcome home.”

David Jones, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969-1970, thought the same.

“As far as the Bath VA goes, it’s very, very hard to find anybody to be more understanding and considerate of veterans,” he said. “They put their best foot forward in everything they’ve done for us.”

He was also very complimentary of the band.

“Mansfield brass band is outstanding,” he said. “Just a fantastic group of people and it’s an outstanding program.”

For today, the Bath VA will hold the annual Elks Carnival, where the Elks will provide a Veterans Day carnival for Bath VA residents.

Veterans Day celebrations are always nice, but the veterans at the Bath VA always remember what the day is really all about.

“Veterans Day to myself, being a veteran, means a time that I have to go and share with other veterans that weren’t as fortunate as I was to come home in one piece,” said Jones. “It’s an important day for camaraderie.”

“It’s important because of all that our country has done for us,” Clark said.