Valentine's For Veterans

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It may not be Veteran's Day, but some WNY vets are being recognized for their service in a very special way.

"The vets who are here, and coming on a daily basis, are appreciated." veteran Anthony House said.

This is a Valentine's Day celebration that coincides with National Salute to Veterans Patient Week. Children from schools across Western New York, and the country, created Valentine's Day cards thanking veterans for their service. Local celebrities and leaders, including Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, made their way to the VA Medical Center to distribute the gifts.

"Veterans have sacrificed the freedoms we enjoy each and every day and we can't forget that," Public Relations for VA Western New York Healthcare System Evangeline Conley said.

Veteran Larry Ziegler and his wife Judy have celebrated 42 Valentine's Days as a married couple, and they said this one is extra special.

"It's great that the children are recognizing us and giving us our Valentines," Larry Ziegler said.

His wife Judy said this is a great event for the vets and the children.

"I just love that children are involved with Valentine's Day and appreciate the fact that they served and did a good job for us," Judy Ziegler said.

Ziegler said he wants to thank all the children involved and get one very important message out to them.

"I'd like them to get the message of the history of our country and them to know that freedom isn't free," Ziegler said.