UNION COUNTY — Veterans Day is Nov. 11 but the veterans of Union County will continue to be honored beyond that day with a dinner hosted by Medi Home Hospice.
Volunteer Coordinator Jenny Crocker said that the hospice will host a “We Honor Veterans” dinner on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Union National Guard Armory. Crocker said the decision was made to hold the event after Veterans Day so it would not conflict with any of the other activities honoring the county’s veterans. She said plans are for the dinner to be an evening of “fun and fellowship” for the veterans that honors them for their service to their country.
“We wanted to do something nice for our veterans,” Crocker said.
Crocker said Medi Home Hospice is sponsoring the event in cooperation with Cindy Fore of the Union County Veterans Affairs Office and Virginia Babb of the Heartland Assisted Living Center. She said that everyone they’d approached about helping out with the dinner had responded positively.
“Everybody we’ve approached has been on board,” Crocker said. “This speaks well of this community and its citizens.”
Crocker said that Col. (Retired) Bill Goodwin will serve as emcee while Col. John Odell and the Union County High School JROTC Color Guard will present the flag during the ceremony. She said decorated Vietnam veteran Jantzen Childers and his family will perform patriotic music during the evening.
The centerpiece of the meal served will be chicken stew which Crocker said will be made by Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair. She said the staff of Medi Home Hospice and Heartland Assisted Living Center will bring desserts.
She said the evening will conclude with the playing of “Taps” by Ronnie Lybrand.
While the dinner will be held at the armory, Crocker said that Medi Home Hospice staff will deliver the meals and the certificates that will be presented to the veterans during the ceremony to those veterans who are unable to attend. She said this includes seven Medi Home Hospice clients.
Crocker added that those veterans who are able to attend but need help with transportation should contact Cindy Fore at the Union County Veterans Affairs Office.
In addition to the dinner, Crocker said that Medi Home Hospice is holding a yard sale this morning with the funds raised going to help cover the cost of the event. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held in front of the Medi Home Hospice office near the intersection of Main Street and Boyce Street in Union. Crocker said the items for sale include a bicycle, books, CDs, toys, household items, and electronics.
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