One local restaurant spent the Easter holiday honoring our nation's heroes. Lucha Cantina closed its doors to the public for Easter, opening them instead, to a group of area veterans.
"Without the sacrifice that they've made over the years we might not of been able to be here today," said Lucha Cantina owner Joshua Binnings. "So we are honored to have them here today."
Local veteran James Pickett enlisted with the United States Navy back in the 70s. Pickett says he was invited by the restaurant to celebrate the Easter holiday with a free meal.
"It was probably one of their ways of thanking us vets for our services and just showing that veterans are important people as well as other people," said Pickett.
Lucha Cantina is known for serving Mexican food, but on Sunday the spread was all traditional Easter dishes including ham, veggies and plenty of desserts.
"I'm enjoying myself and the food is fantastic," Pickett adds.
The restaurant partnered with Rockford's Veteran's Drop-In Center. This was the second year Lucha's hosted the event and Binnings says the event couldn't come at a more perfect time.
"This was a great way to partner up and this is a group that is in need of a place to gather on Easter," Binnings said. "We did it last year and last year we had about 50 guys and we are hoping for 70 to 80 this year."
"There's a lot of gratitude from these veterans that I'm hearing from around the tables, a lot of laughter, a lot of smiles and a lot of bellies getting full," said Pickett.
Lucha Cantina plans to host the event again next Easter inviting even more veterans.