Veterans honored at Riverside

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Monette American Legion Post 136 held its annual veteran's fish fry and appreciation celebration on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Invitations were sent to all American Legion members, their families, and spouses of deceased members. The meal was a joint effort of Monette veterans and consisted of fish and all the trimmings.

Cooks for the day included Bill Craig, judge advocate; Bob Blankenship, finance officer, and Larry Rolland, vice commander. Member Boots Pitts cut up the onions and lemons for the luncheon, and Robert Chambers, chaplain, and Rick Copeland set up the tables and chairs.

Post Commander Larry Drummond presented G.F. Stewart and Jerry Reed with appreciation plaques for their many years of service to their community, post and country.

Robert Chambers, post chaplain, led a special prayer.

Post members are responsible for placing flags on the graves of veterans on Veteran's Day each year. Twenty new flag holders have been added to Monette's main street, and flags will be placed in all holders for Veteran's Day.

The veterans also hold a special Memorial Day service at the Monette Cemetery each year, and place flags on veteran's graves at the Monette and Macey Cemeteries.

Each year veterans pack Christmas boxes to deliver to area families and take fruit to the elderly and widows. A preparation meeting for the Christmas project will be held the first week in December, with date to be announced.

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