290 attend Senior Services veteran appreciation events

Published 1:39 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Davie County Senior Services held the annual Veterans Appreciation Event on Thursday, Nov. 9 at lunch and dinner.

The program ffeatured a welcome from program coordinators Carrie Miller and Luther Potts.

At each event, the Moment of Silence and invocation was given by Mike Drayton. To follow the invocation, Clemmons VFW posted the colors at lunch and the Davie County High School JROTC posted the colors at dinner. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vince Dreyer at the lunchtime event and Clyde Scott Sr. at the dinnertime event.

County Commissioner Benita Finney introduced Payton Brown and Taylor Brown of Fairfield Bluegrass to sing the National Anthem.

Next, each branch of service was recognized. Flag bearers included Carter Robertson, Alvin Dunn, Donald Johnson, Charles Page, Bill Brelig, Larry Bass, Alton Mauldin, Carolyn Sloan, Jonathan Walsh, George Boger, Dennis Williford, Sandy Yamane, Latha Caillouette, and Mike Epps.

As each branch was recognized, Elaine Snow played the branch’s song on piano and veterans in that branch were asked to stand to be recognized.

Doug Shell from the Clemmons VFW recited the Ragged Old Flag.

The meal was served and the entertainment was from local bluegrass band, Fairfield Bluegrass.

To close the program, Luther Potts asked the group to recognize the veterans in different wartime periods as well as women soldiers, retirees, Purple Hearts, and oldest veteran attending.

At lunchtime, Bill Roberts was the oldest veteran in attendance at 98, serving in World War II. At dinnertime, Sheek Bowden was the oldest veteran in attendance at 97 years old, also serving in World War II.

This was followed by announcements and door prizes donated by local businesses.

Clemmons VFW dismissed the group by playing the taps.

Overall, between the two events, nearly 290 people were served. This event is open to veterans, and they are allowed to bring one guest.

Senior Services would also like to thank the community for their support of the veterans of Davie County and also for their support during the supply drive for the NC State Veterans Home in Salisbury.

Although the veterans appreciation event is in November each year, Senior Services, Veterans Services, and Trellis host a monthly social for all veterans, no guests, at the Senior Services Main Campus on the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 am where veterans can gather for biscuits and a great program.

To learn more about veterans events or to register for a veterans social at Senior Services, give them a call at 336-753-6230.