PORTLAND – More than 100 people turned out for the second annual Christmas dinner for homeless veterans Saturday night at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Portland.

The event, organized by veterans Jake and John Myrick, was held to give veterans and the city’s homeless a free hot meal on Christmas.

“Vets should not be alone for Christmas,” Jake Myrick said.

“The Army teaches you to never leave a fallen soldier behind. In this case, the enemy is the cold and being alone. The Army is one big family. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do — we take care of each other.”

One veteran who attended the supper was 35-year-old Joshua Lancaster, who served in the Marines for 17 years and now lives at the shelter on Oxford Street. He said if it wasn’t for the dinner, he wouldn’t have a place to go on Christmas.

“It’s greatly appreciated,” he said. “This is awesome.”