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4H honors local vets with dinner

By Pam Hensley

Leicester – This Veterans Day, the Sandy Mush 4H Club honored local veterans at Leicester Community Center with a soup, salad and baked potato dinner. More than 90 people came to enjoy the food and pay tribute to those who served.

Kaylee Revis is seen here with veteran Ricky Townsend.
Kaylee Revis is seen here with veteran Ricky Townsend. Kaylee said she loves working the event because, without veterans, we wouldn’t be free, and she said it meant a lot to a veteran to receive a handshake and be told thank you.

Jackie Gillespie, who headed up the event, said the 4H Club wanted to recognize and honor all veterans past, still living and still serving. The event allows the youth of the club to see and learn just what it means to be a veteran and what all they have sacrificed for our country. Gillespie said the 4H club would be visiting the Veterans Restoration Quarter (VRQ) later on this year to sing Christmas carols and hand out desserts.

84-year-old veteran Vance Garrett, who served in the Army from 1957-1960,
84-year-old veteran Vance Garrett, who served in the Army from 1957-1960, said that he enjoyed spending time with other veterans and people who genuinely cared about those who served at the annual event. He also stated that he enjoyed all the free food that he received.

Along with the food, there was a Ceremony honoring the vets, which started with a prayer and opening remarks followed by the song “God Bless America” sung by Cornerstone, a duet featuring Braelyn Grooms and Abigail Walsh. Veteran Conley Gillespie was the featured speaker and Jackie Gillespie recognized the veterans. Cadets from the Asheville Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol preformed a ceremony honoring the flag, followed by another song by Cornerstone.

Started in 1978, Sandy Mush 4H Club has become the largest and oldest 4H club in Buncombe county.

The 4H Club was selling labels in memory of all veterans with proceeds going to buy supplies, which will be donated to the VRQ operated by Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries.

If you would like to donate money to support this community outreach program, you can mail a check to Sandy Mush 4H, 438 North Turkey Creek Rd, Leicester, NC, 28748.

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