DELMAR – The Blanchard-Currey American Legion Post 1040 held its Thank-A-Vet Annual Dinner Saturday Nov. 5.
According to Lyle Maddock, Post Commander, the event had been on hold since 2019 due to the pandemic.
The organizers were able to show off many upgrades to the Post 1040 building since the last event, including the installation of an elevator and remodeled bathrooms that are now ADA compliant to better serve the Veterans and community.
Approximately 130 attendees, including four 100 year old or older soldiers from WWII, as well as veterans from Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars were in attendance for cocktails and snacks, then went upstairs for a wonderful dinner. The food was by Tom Harder and the kitchen crew who planned, shopped, prepared, cooked and served our Veterans.
The Dinner was hosted by Sons of the American Legion-Post 1040, The American Auxiliary Post 1040, and Auxiliaries of the Sheehy Palmer VFW Post 6776 and Bethlehem Memorial VFW Post 3185.
The Master of Ceremonies was Joe Bruno, a Purple Heart Recipient and a Member of VFW Post 3185 Delmar.
Maddock Sr. gave the welcome address and the invocation and grace was given by Rev. Chris Vande Bunte, Sr. Pastor of the Delmar Reformed Church. A POW/MIA Ceremony was led by Larry Pittman of VFW Post 3185 and a talk by guest speaker Melody Burns. From Military Services Recognition. Scott Anson, Chairman of the Board of Post 1040 gave the closing remarks.
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