The Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration will be holding its sixth annual Veteran Appreciation Dinner on Friday, November 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial. The dinner is free for veterans/current military and a guest with proof of military service.
A $5 donation will be accepted at the gate for all others who would like to celebrate the veterans and their families. Money raised will go to local organizations that help veterans and their families.
Twin Oaks Baptist Church of Rocky Mount will be providing and preparing the food for a spaghetti dinner with sides and beverages, which will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Volunteer Scouts and Scout parents from local Great Valley District troops will be assisting with the dinner. They will also contribute the ceremonial cake. Guests are welcome for food and fellowship between 5:30 and 6:30.
The Veterans Ceremony gets underway indoors at the War Memorial at 6:30. This year the organization will also be recognizing caregivers for veterans— the “Hidden Heroes” behind the military men and women who have served, who “don’t often ask for help but deserve our support.”
In addition, Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Pins will be presented.
The event continues outdoors with a flag retirement ceremony conducted by over 100 Boy Scouts from the Great Valley District Boy Scouts of America, and soloist Deedie Kagey, with veterans honored throughout.
Guests may visit the “High Ground” monument on the War Memorial grounds during the evening.
This event is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration, the Vinton War Memorial, and the Town of Vinton Special Programs.
Since 2012, the Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration has raised more than $20,000 for the local veteran community. The funds stay in Southwest Virginia and go to organizations serving active duty military, veterans, and their families.
More information is available on attending or assisting with this event on their website at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blueridgeveteranscelebration.