[November 12, 2016]
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It has become a local
tradition at the Lincoln Bonanza to offer a free meal to all
veterans on the day set aside to honor them. This year, while some
may have been attending the lunch hosted at the Lincoln VFW, several
others, enjoyed spending time at the Bonanza, feasting on a free
buffet. The buffet was open to all veterans throughout the day.
Around the dining area, there were several familiar faces and some
who may have been less well-known, but no less appreciated for their
service to our country.
Pitching in to help on this special day were several local boy
scouts, who made the rounds around the dining area, filling cups
with fresh hot coffee, and bussing tables as the restaurant prepared
for the next wave of guests to arrive.
Also on hand this year was Orville Shaffer, talking about the Honor
Flight program and offering to sign-up any veteran of World War II,
the Korean Conflict, or Vietnam War.
The Honor Flight program provides a free trip to Washington D.C. to
visit the three war memorials in the heart of the city. For many of
these veterans, it is the only opportunity they may ever have to see
the memorials that so poignantly represent the struggles of their
time as they defended our country.
Around the room, there were tables of happy faces, veterans sitting
together telling stories of their past, family listening and
remembering the time they spent at home, waiting and watching for
their solider to come home.
This year again, the large “Thank you” card was set out near the
front of the restaurant, and the white space for signing names on
the card was filled to capacity with the names and notes of
appreciation of patrons of the restaurant.
Pictures by Karen Hargis