Veter­ans’ Lun­cheon Marks Ten Years

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The Royal Neigh­bors of Amer­ica Chap­ter 9890 of River­bank cel­e­brated 10 years with veter­ans this past Satur­day, Nov. 4 in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vice and sac­ri­fice prior to the Veter­ans’ Day hol­i­day. The Veter­ans Lun­cheon has been go­ing strong for the past 10 years due pri­mar­ily to the ef­forts of event or­ga­nizer Diane Tal­bert and vol­un­teers. This event has been dear to her heart since los­ing her broth­ers in the Viet­nam War and through this lun­cheon, she said she has been able to honor them and give back.

There were 186 guests that at­tended this year’s lunch with O’Brien’s Mar­ket cater­ing once again. Guests were served up tri-tip, chicken Marsala, a va­ri­ety of sal­ads and for dessert peach and berry cob­blers with vanilla ice cream. In cel­e­bra­tion of the 10th an­niver­sary year, veter­ans re­ceived a special re­mem­brance folder and an em­bossed mug in recog­ni­tion of the an­nual lun­cheon. For en­ter­tain­ment Fred Stepp and the Stom­pers played mu­sic through­out the meal.

There were Navy Seal cadets that helped serve the veter­ans that were un­able to walk the buf­fet line. Staffing the line and help­ing to serve up the food were served by River­bank Mayor Richard O’Brien and other city coun­cil mem­bers.

The lun­cheon was ded­i­cated to three fallen heroes: John Ramos, Viet­nam vet­eran; Roy Har­ris, Navy Vet­eran, Korean War; and Jack Teague, Ma­rine Vet­eran who served dur­ing WWII.

Diane Tal­bert’s mother-in-law Donna Tal­bert, who passed away in Septem­ber, was also hon­ored.

“Ron Har­ris from Modesto pre­sented a won­der­ful slide show on the history of the Amer­i­can Veter­ans from the Civil War,” added Tal­bert. “It was a won­der­ful pre­sen­ta­tion.”

Har­ris had also pre­vi­ously made an ap­pear­ance at Cal­i­for­nia Av­enue El­e­men­tary school, with a

special assem­bly hosted for all grades on Fri­day, Nov. 3 in recog­ni­tion of Veter­ans’ Day. Har­ris gave the stu­dents a pre­sen­ta­tion on the flag and those in at­ten­dance also sang a few pa­tri­otic songs.

Mean­while, veter­ans are in­vited to make the short trip to neigh­bor­ing Escalon on Satur­day, Nov. 11 to en­joy a free meal at Hula’s Res­tau­rant on Jack­son Av­enue (High­way 120) on the east end of town.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully stag­ing a ‘Veter­ans Eat Free’ event last Veter­ans’ Day, owner Tony Vic­torino said he wants to do it again. Vic­torino has is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion to all veter­ans – from Escalon, Oak­dale, River­bank and sur­round­ing ar- eas – to stop by the res­tau­rant on Satur­day for a free meal. Hours for the event will be all day, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We’re not re­quir­ing ID,” Vic­torino added. “I’m a vet my­self; I spent four years in the Coast Guard.”

He said the free meal is a way to of­fer thanks to veter­ans for their ser­vice.

Also, look­ing ahead to the hol­i­day sea­son, the Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms are get­ting ready to ship care pack­ages over­seas to the troops; the or­ga­ni­za­tion will meet on Thurs­day night, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Mike’s in Escalon to dis­cuss the project and all are wel­come to at­tend. Mem­bers come from sev­eral Cen­tral Val­ley com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing River­bank.

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