Davie County Senior Services is proud to host their annual Veterans Appreciation Event. Each year, Luther Potts plans the program, raises funds, and makes this wonderful event from paper to reality. In 2020, Senior Services held the program outside as a drive-thru event with a Chick-fil-a boxed lunch. This year, Senior Services was fortunate to be able to host this annual event in-person at the Davie County Senior Services Main Campus on Thursday, November 4. The in-person event consists of a Lunch or Dinner option for Veterans or active military members and one guest.
At lunch, Luther Potts and Kim Shuskey welcomed the crowd with appreciation for their service, made several announcements, and began the program. 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, if you were a veteran or active member of the branch, you were asked to stand. Next, Senior Services provided a catered meal to each person in the room while the entertainment, Gaining Ground, performed. Following the performance, Mr. Potts recognized the following veterans: World War II, Pearl Harbor, Cold War, Female Enlistees, Oldest Veteran Attending, POW, Purple Heart, and Retirees. Once this was completed, Senior Services door prize tickets were drawn and folks were able to win several items donated by various 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 different volunteers. The Davie County High School JROTC posted the colors, Mr. 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 and every volunteer, community member, and community business that makes this event possible each year. It is an honor to host an incredible event to support and recognize the Veterans of Davie County. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities, such as the quarterly Veterans Social, for veterans in Davie County, please contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230 or the Veterans Service Officer, Meagan Tomlin, at 336-753-6225.