Caro­line host­ing vet­er­ans ap­pre­ci­a­tion din­ner

Times-Record - - News - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

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 jimhoweth@ya­ 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.

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