Military family honors veterans with annual luncheon

Posted at 5:08 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 19:14:42-04

It's tradition for the Sims family to honor those who served through an annual luncheon at their home.

It's something they've done together many times over the years. It includes food, music, fellowship and guest speakers.

The gathering is usually hosted by Shirley Sims and her husband, Louis Sims Sr. After losing his battle with cancer in 2015, the event has become an act of kindness that Shirley continues in his memory.

"He was just a strong man, he always would tell me 'once a Marine, always a Marine,'" said Shirley.

"I always told my dad he was my superhero," said Louis Sims Jr. "He was an E-5 sergeant in the Marines. He was a good man."

Dozens of members from each branch of the military came out to support their fallen brother. They stood tall and proud for the man who risked his life for the greater good.

"We came out to honor Sgt. Sims today. I didn't know him. I didn't have to." said Nola Saldana, a Navy veteran. "It's important that they're recognized because it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should."

While the hosts of the luncheon may have changed, Louis Jr. said the message behind the event has remained the same.

"Getting the veterans together, getting everybody together, all those that weren't honored, to pay them homage. To give them respect where it's due. It's just a great feeling, you can't explain it," said Louis Jr. "You hear their stories, you hear where they come from, where they went, how they feel, how they're adjusting to life again. It's awesome."

The Sims family said there's now simply a little extra love put in for the man who's singing along to the songs of praise from above.

"His presence is here all the time," said Shirley. "I feel good because I'm doing the work of God and I'm not tired yet."

 During his four years in the Marine Corps, Sgt. Sims was also awarded a Purple Heart for leading his men to safety after being wounded in battle. 

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