Submitted by: Joel Eig
American Legion Post 240 and VFW Post 1841 jointly sponsored a Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event was held from 12 to 5 p.m. at the VFW building in Daleville, Va.
The opening ceremony consisted of the singing of the National Anthem by the Virginia Gentlemen and the presentation of the colors by the Marine Corps League of Rockbridge Patriots Det. 1351. Frank Ware, commander of VFW Post 5895 then gave the keynote speech. Lee Minnix of the Sunshine Girls acted as master of ceremonies.
There were assorted events for the adults and children in attendance such as a corn hole tournament, bounce air house for the children and pumpkin painting for kids of all ages. The Fincastle Fire Department brought two fire engines and Buddy Dix brought his vintage military truck.
The VFW women's auxiliary served the meal which was catered by Mission BBQ of Roanoke, Va.
Due to the efforts of the volunteers from American Legion Post 240, VFW Post 1841 and Lord Botetourt High School students, this event was a rousing success.
American Legion Post 240 Commander Dennis Craft states. "Thank you to all our guests and volunteers who were part of the Veterans Appreciation Day for VFW Post 1841 and American Legion Post 240. It is very humbling to know how much the community respects our service. It is an honor to represent this community."
About the author:
Joel R. Eig is adjutant of American Legion Post 240 for the past five years.