Honor Ball held to thank and support those who serve

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Me­gan Wall­gren­for Serve Dai­lyOREM

— Lo­cal veterans were hon­ored on Satur­day, March 10, at the Vet­eran’s Honor Ball or­ga­nized by Miss Orem, Amanda Flin­ders.

Around 250 peo­ple at­tended the event held at the Orem Se­nior Friend­ship Cen- ter. The group was made up of mostly veterans and city roy­alty from around the state who danced with the veterans.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 72 pre­sented a flag cer­e­mony and Miss Utah, Jessi Kate Ri­ley, played the na­tional an­them on her vi­o­lin.

Flin­ders part­nered with the Utah Val- ley Univer­sity Vet­eran’s Suc­cess Cen­ter to present $4,000 in schol­ar­ships for stu­dent veterans. The Vet­eran’s Suc­cess Cen­ter is a place for veterans to come and get support and help with their gov- ern­ment forms.

Ma­jor Brad Prescott was named Vet­eran of the Year. He served for 20 years in the Army Sigma Corp. Flin­ders said she met him 2 years ago when she was a Miss Orem at­ten­dant and they did as­sem­blies about pa­tri­o­tism at lo­cal schools to­gether. “I was so struck by his warmth and kind­ness,” she said.

Flin­ders has made serv­ing and sup- port­ing veterans her ser­vice plat­form as Miss Orem. She or­ga­nized the ball as a way to say thank you. The veterans were touched by her ef­forts.

“I still can’t be­lieve how nice the Mil- itary Ball was,” said Prescott. His wife, He­len, said, “The guys loved it! Ti­tle hold­ers kept coming over and talk­ing to the veterans and mak­ing them feel so good. They had a fan­tas­tic evening, and were so grate­ful to be re­mem­bered by the kids.”

Steven Fos­ter said, “My wife and I ha- ven’t had such a good time in a while.”

Many asked if the ball would be­come an an­nual event. Flin­ders, a UVU stu- dent, hopes she can keep work­ing with the Vet­eran’s Suc­cess Cen­ter to do it again next year.

“As much as the vet­eran’s care for each other, they need civil­ian support as well. That’s in­cred­i­bly valu­able,” she said. As Miss Orem, she has worked to help pro­mote veterans support through- out the city.

“I re­ally want to help the youth con­nect with the veterans and help the veterans of all ages, in­clud­ing those I go to school with,” she said.

Miss Orem and a vet­eran dance at the Vet­eran’s Honor Bal­lCom­mu­ni­tyWomen

A Veterans Schol­ar­ship check is pre­sented. Be­low: Miss Utah danc- es with a vet­eran.

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