Caroline hosting veterans appreciation dinner
DENTON — American Legion Post 29 in Denton will sponsor a free veterans appreciation dinner for Caroline County veterans, their families and caregivers from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.
The menu will feature ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cranberry sauce and rolls. Dessert will include pie and ice cream. Drinks will include water and iced tea.
The event was created by Helen Coultas and is supported by Legion members, the Post 29 Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.
At the 2016 dinner, Caroline County American Legion Commander Jim Howeth said the appreciation dinner started as an idea for members and grew into an event for the county.
“We are veterans for veterans,” Howeth said. “They have done so much for this countr y, this community. We want to show them that appreciation.”
“We have served more than 200 meals so far,” he said. “I want to thank all the volunteers for helping cook and prepare this meal. We are so glad to see so many familiar faces and so many new faces this year.”
Retired Caroline County Public Schools educator Charles Prattis of Denton attended the 2016 dinner. He served in the U.S. Air force for four years.
“It is an honor to be able to share this meal with other veterans,” Prattis said. “I’ve known a lot of veterans that have passed. It is good to represent them, and show support to them whenever I can.”
“Thank you to the American Legion for putting on this great event,” he said. “It has grown each year. I’m happy to see many new faces each year, and share more moments with familiar faces.”
Roland Boggs of Sudlersville served in the military for 26 years, including a tour during the Vietnam War. He said he enjoyed every minute of the 2016 dinner.
“We, as a veterans group, along with all the other veterans groups, are here to support all of our local and community veterans,” he said. “It is fantastic to share this meal with other veterans.
“If we don’t have this camaraderie that we have here, it would be a lost situation,” he said. “We don’t want to ever lose that.”
U.S. Army veteran Joe Brown of Denton has attended the dinner each year with his wife, Henny. He followed in his family’s military tradition by serving 21 years, including two years in Iraq. His father, Mason, fought in World War II, and his brother, Richard, fought in Vietnam.
At the 2015 dinner, tears flowed from Brown’s eyes as he spoke about his service, but the tears were of joy and respect for those he served with, the ones who served before him and the ones serving now.
“It means a lot to me what the veterans have done for this country,” Brown said. “They are great, great people. I looked up to those who served before me, like my dad and brother, and I wanted to give everything I had to those I served with and are serving now.
“This dinner is a great recognition for the service and sacrifice by veterans,” he said. “Something like this, it shows the veterans that they care what happened, unlike when they returned from Vietnam. I’m proud to be a part of this community. I’m proud to be a veteran. I’m proud to have served with so many great people. I’m proud to be an American.”
Reservations are requested but not required for the dinner. For more information or to make reservations, email email@example.com or call 410-4792708. American Legion Post 29 is located at 9238 Legion Road in Denton.
Ed Davis, left, Charles Prattis, Caroline County American Legion Commander Jim Howeth and Joe Brown share a moment together at the 2016 Caroline Veterans Appreciation Dinner at American Legion Post 29 in Denton.