UNION — On Thursday, a “We Honor Veterans” dinner was held at the National Guard Armory by Medi-Home Hospice, Heartland Assisted Living and Veterans Affairs.
The event included moving musical performances by Patricia Perkins, Breanna Bailey, Jantzen Childers, and Ronnie Lybrand. Presentations were also provided by Union County Veterans Affairs Officer Cindy Fore, Medi-Home Hospice and Heartland Assisted Living.
The guest speaker of the “We Honor Veterans” dinner was Korean War veteran SFC Marvin Bettis. Bettis served in Korea with the 45th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He said the 45th Infantry was deployed to Korea in early November 1951 where they replaced the 1st Calvary along with the 38th parallel. Bettis said he was in Korea for eight months. A draftee, he served two years in the army before being discharged with the rank of 1st Sgt.
Bettis spoke to those in attendance with a narrative, recalling the conflict in Korea, as well as his own personal experiences, including what he referred to as “the longest night of our lives.”
“When you look at Korea and you’re not sure if you accomplished a whole lot, on a world stage, we accomplished a great deal,” Bettis said.
The event sponsors wanted to give special thanks to the National Guard Armory staff, Tommy Sinclair, Save-A-Lot, Murphy’s Florist, Graham’s Florist, Midway BBQ, Woodmen of the World, Union County High School JROTC, Andy’s, Kirby’s, Jantzen Childers, Ronnie Lybrand, and Breanna Bailey.