More than 40 veterans from Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were recently treated to an early Christmas by the Cumberland County Honor Guard, the county said in a news release Thursday.

The veterans received a catered lunch, presents, music from the Sweet Adelines and a visit from Santa.

The Honor Guard has hosted the event for more than 18 years.

“Our veterans have given so much for our country,” said Neal Delisanti, director of the Cumberland County Veterans Affairs Office. “The Honor Guard works to raise enough funds to give the Claremont vets a great Christmas and to personally thank these vets for their service.”

“Our veterans look forward to this event all year,” said Nancy Hahn, Claremont’s activity director. “It’s a highlight for them. They enjoy the meal, meeting with the Honor Guard and of course, getting a gift from Santa.”

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