BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Volunteers in the Bangor area showed their support for Maine veterans Monday morning by giving them the gift of a free hot breakfast.
The 'Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club' hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast. Each year the organization serves more than 600 people at the Brewer Auditorium.
Vets eat for free. The money raised from other guests goes to support the rotary's 'Keep Kids Warm' program, which helps provide warm clothing for school children in need in Bangor and Brewer.
Many vets say they come out to the breakfast each year and they appreciate the dozens of volunteers who make it possible.
"These people really come around and tell us that they really appreciate what we do," said Lee Higgins, who served in the Army Air Corps. during World War II.
"To see the support especially in Maine where the people are so supportive of veterans and their families as well. I don't think I'd want to be anywhere else to be honest," said Joe Fisher, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Last year the Bangor rotary served 620 pancake breakfasts. More than 200 of them went to veterans.
In the last five years, the event has raised about $16,000 to help children in need.