BY: Cheryl Thurston
The Disabled American Veterans Association of Bladen County is delighted to accept new members, Curtis Ludlum and Richard Long to the growing chapter. All Veterans are warmly invited to attend the Veterans Day celebration to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Historical Building in Bladenboro at 2 p.m.
Bladen Community College held their own celebration to honor all Veterans earlier on Wednesday at the campus in Dublin. Commander David Brown spoke at the BCC celebration.
The Bladenboro celebration will feature James Hunsinger, from West Bladen High School, playing taps, Angela King and Cynthia Johnson will sing, and food will be provided from Hardee’s and Subway. Veterans are encouraged to bring their families.
The DAV extends their thanks to Col. Ballard and West Bladen High School’s ROTC for the celebration they offered on Thursday, Nov. 5, and to thank the high school band for the excellent job they did playing for the Veterans. Commander Brown shared the cards made by West Bladen High School students with those who attended Tuesday night’s meeting.
Also, on Veterans Day, Walmart in Elizabethtown will be serving cake to all Veterans to honor their service to our country.
Golden Corral, Applebee’s, Chili’s and Olive Garden restaurants everywhere will honor Veterans with free meals for Veterans and discounts for family members, as they continue their annual traditions.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, National Service Officers from Winston Salem will meet at the DAV/VFW (Disabled American Veterans/Veterans of Foreign Wars) building on Hill Street in Elizabethtown to discuss claims, legal benefits and housing for veterans in Bladen County. At this meeting, a date will be set for the mobile van to visit Bladen County and begin pursuing claims. The Bladen County DAV is urging anyone who needs to file a claim or has questions about an existing claim to attend this meeting.
The Bladen County DAV and VFW will have a float in the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 29, and also in the Bladenboro Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5. A DAV/VFW Christmas party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The location will be announced at the meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Commander Brown asks that all disabled veterans in the area to come and join in the monthly meetings that are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the VFW building located at 109 Hill Street in Elizabethtown.
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