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Local veterans honored for their service

Seven local military veterans were honored for their service late last week during an early Veterans Day celebration at the “Pulaski Friendship Cafe,” a congregate meal site for area seniors.
The veterans who were honored, including Ruth Breedlove, Otis Burton, Carl Goad, Elmer Hanks, David Hill, Joseph Slaughter and Nathaniel Slaughter, were each presented with a pin and certificate of honor from Town of Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell.
Worrell said that it was a “privilege and an honor” to take part in recognizing the veterans for their service.
He said that he would have liked to have been able to recognize his father, who served in the Korean War and the National Guard, “but he passed away before I became mayor, so this is the next best thing, and I can do this in memory of him.”
In addition to the presentation of certificates, those in attendance recited the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and sang “God Bless America,” “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps.”
There were also two patriotic readings.
“Today, it is our privilege to say thank you to all of America’s veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices,” said Naomi Davidson, a Friendship Cafe participant, in her reading. “The price of freedom is high, and we can not afford to forget those willing to pay it.”
In her reading, Carol Walters, head of the Agency on Aging’s nutrition program, said, “Many veterans need and ask nothing in repayment for their sacrifices. Let us continue to help those veterans in need with the greatest possible compassion and efficiency, and, to the rest, since they ask for no special help, we can best pay tribute this day by recognizing what they have achieved and joining them in their resolve to keep America strong and free.”
In addition, Gloria Surber, site coordinator of the Friendship Cafe, read a poem about thanking military veterans for their service.
“Take a moment to thank them for protecting what you hold dear. Tell them you’re proud of them, and make it very clear. Just pat them on the shoulder, give a smile, and say, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing to keep us safe in the U.S.A.,’ “ she said.
The Pulaski Friendship Cafe, organized by the New River Valley Agency on Agency, meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the community room at Pulaski Elementary School for a meal, socializing and special programs and presentations.
Thursday’s event was planned in celebration of Veterans Day, but some of the past programs have focused on nutrition, fall prevention and have featured presentations from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on scams and safety issues, according to Surber.
She also said that singers perform for the Friendship Cafe every month, and in December, the group plans to hold a Christmas celebration.
Linda Davis, a professor with the nursing program at Radford University, also holds blood pressure clinics there once a month. During Thursday’s event, Davis brought a group of her nursing students along with her.
“Everybody looks forward to it (the Friendship Cafe),” Surber said, adding that it gets the participants out of the house and gives them a chance to socialize.
Other local Veterans Day events scheduled for today include:
•11 a.m. in Edwards Hall at New River Community College, including keynote speaker Lt. Col. Jon Drushal, commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Also participating in the event will be VFW Post #1184, NRCC veterans, faculty and staff, club members, and the children of the college’s Early Learning Center.
•John Ripley Day, in memory of Vietnam war hero John Ripley, a native of Radford. Starting at 10 a.m., a parade will be held, starting at the corner of East Main Street and Tyler Avenue and ending at Bisset Park in Radford, with a ceremony, involving veterans’ organizations from Radford, at the park’s gazebo.

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Local veterans honored for their service

Seven local military veterans were honored for their service late last week during an early Veterans Day celebration at the “Pulaski Friendship Cafe,” a congregate meal site for area seniors.
The veterans who were honored, including Ruth Breedlove, Otis Burton, Carl Goad, Elmer Hanks, David Hill, Joseph Slaughter and Nathaniel Slaughter, were each presented with a pin and certificate of honor from Town of Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell.
Worrell said that it was a “privilege and an honor” to take part in recognizing the veterans for their service.
He said that he would have liked to have been able to recognize his father, who served in the Korean War and the National Guard, “but he passed away before I became mayor, so this is the next best thing, and I can do this in memory of him.”
In addition to the presentation of certificates, those in attendance recited the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and sang “God Bless America,” “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps.”
There were also two patriotic readings.
“Today, it is our privilege to say thank you to all of America’s veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices,” said Naomi Davidson, a Friendship Cafe participant, in her reading. “The price of freedom is high, and we can not afford to forget those willing to pay it.”
In her reading, Carol Walters, head of the Agency on Aging’s nutrition program, said, “Many veterans need and ask nothing in repayment for their sacrifices. Let us continue to help those veterans in need with the greatest possible compassion and efficiency, and, to the rest, since they ask for no special help, we can best pay tribute this day by recognizing what they have achieved and joining them in their resolve to keep America strong and free.”
In addition, Gloria Surber, site coordinator of the Friendship Cafe, read a poem about thanking military veterans for their service.
“Take a moment to thank them for protecting what you hold dear. Tell them you’re proud of them, and make it very clear. Just pat them on the shoulder, give a smile, and say, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing to keep us safe in the U.S.A.,’ “ she said.
The Pulaski Friendship Cafe, organized by the New River Valley Agency on Agency, meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the community room at Pulaski Elementary School for a meal, socializing and special programs and presentations.
Thursday’s event was planned in celebration of Veterans Day, but some of the past programs have focused on nutrition, fall prevention and have featured presentations from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on scams and safety issues, according to Surber.
She also said that singers perform for the Friendship Cafe every month, and in December, the group plans to hold a Christmas celebration.
Linda Davis, a professor with the nursing program at Radford University, also holds blood pressure clinics there once a month. During Thursday’s event, Davis brought a group of her nursing students along with her.
“Everybody looks forward to it (the Friendship Cafe),” Surber said, adding that it gets the participants out of the house and gives them a chance to socialize.
Other local Veterans Day events scheduled for today include:
•11 a.m. in Edwards Hall at New River Community College, including keynote speaker Lt. Col. Jon Drushal, commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Also participating in the event will be VFW Post #1184, NRCC veterans, faculty and staff, club members, and the children of the college’s Early Learning Center.
•John Ripley Day, in memory of Vietnam war hero John Ripley, a native of Radford. Starting at 10 a.m., a parade will be held, starting at the corner of East Main Street and Tyler Avenue and ending at Bisset Park in Radford, with a ceremony, involving veterans’ organizations from Radford, at the park’s gazebo.

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