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Thank you: Veterans honored at two senior services events

By Carrie Miller
Davie Senior Services

Davie County Senior Services hosted county veterans for an appreciation event last week.
Each year, Luther Potts plans the program, raises funds, and makes this event from paper to reality.
In 2020, Senior Services held the program outside as a drive-thru event with a boxed lunch.
This year, Senior Services was able to host this annual event in-person at the Davie County Senior Services Main Campus on Thursday, Nov. 4. The in-person event consisted of a lunch or dinner option for veterans or active military members and a guest.
At lunch, Potts and center director, Kim Shuskey, welcomed the crowd with appreciation for their service, made several announcements, and began the program. The Rev. Darren Crotts, pastor at Smith Grove United Methodist Church and a veteran, led the program with an invocation and moment of silence.
Following the invocation, the Clemmons VFW posted the colors.
Marine veteran, Corbin Scott, led the room with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Davie County Commissioner, Benita Finney, sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Once folks were seated, pianist, Anita Long, played the Branch of Service songs which included Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force, and POW, while the flags were posted at the front of the room. When a branch song was played, veterans or active member of the branch were asked to stand.
Senior Services provided a catered meal to each person while the entertainment, Gaining Ground, performed.
Potts recognized the following veterans: World War II, Pearl Harbor, Cold War, female enlistees, oldest veteran attending, POW, Purple Heart, and retirees. Door prize tickets were drawn and folks were able to win several items donated by businesses around Davie County.
Concluding the ceremony, the Clemmons VFW played taps on the bugle.
At the dinner meal, the same order was followed with a few volunteers. The Davie County High School JROTC posted the colors, Clyde Scott Sr. led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a member of the Gaining Ground band played taps on the banjo.
This event was well attended.
Senior Services would like to thank each volunteer, community member, and community business that makes this event possible.
“It is an honor to host an incredible event to support and recognize the veterans of Davie County,” Shuskey said.
If interested in learning more about the opportunities, such as the quarterly Veterans Social, for veterans in Davie, contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230 or the Veterans Service Officer, Meagan Tomlin, at 336-753-6225.