Veterans raise funds for senior services flag poles

Published 10:07 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Each quarter Davie County Senior Services, assisted by Davie County Veteran’s Services, host a Veterans Social.

Veterans are invited for refreshments and socialization, along with a brief presentation on a relevant topic.

The most recent social was held Tuesday, Nov. 27.Speaker was Bob Scofield from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare who spoke about services for veterans.  He also discussed the many other programs and services available through Cardinal, including the Wellness Center in Mocksville.

“While these quarterly programs are always enjoyed by all who attend, this particular event was special,” said Kim Shuskey, senior services director.

For more than a year, a fundraising effort has been under way to raise money to put up flags in front of the Bobby H. Knight Senior Services building.  The effort, spearheaded by Luther Potts, was a grassroots project by the veterans of Davie County.

Each month at the Veteran’s Coffee hosted by Trellis Healthcare, veterans would take up a collection to go toward the cost of the flags and flag poles. The amount was enhanced when the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Davie County Chapter 75, donated $500.  The total amount raised by the veterans of Davie County was $1,734. Several veterans attended the Oct. 1 county commissioner’s meeting to present the check to the commissioners.

At the Nov. 27 social, a dedication ceremony was held for the flags.

It began with a moving recitation of the “Ragged Old Flag”, presented by VFW District 11 members Sgt. Shell and Sgt. Harris. Afterwards, attendees proceeded out to the newly-erected flagpoles.  World War II veterans JB Caldwell and John Caudle raised the United States flag. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by those in attendance. VFW members then raised the NC flag and Davie County flag.

Once all flags were flying, Benita Finney sang the National Anthem with a host of veterans standing at attention.

Senior Services and the County of Davie would like to thank all the veterans who donated money to make the flags outside the building possible.

“The flags are a beautiful addition to our building,” said Shuskey. “Senior Services is proud to offer many programs to honor our veterans. The fact that these flags were made possible due to the financial contributions of our veterans make them even more meaningful.”

To learn more about the programs and services offered by Davie Senior Services, call 336-753-6230 or visit 278 Meroney St. in Mocksville.