Huntington County again says thank you to military veterans

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department continued its recent tradition of offering a free breakfast to military veterans on Veterans Day last year. Serving United States Army veteran Richard Howard (left) are (from right) sheriff’s deputy Dylan Lagonegro, Indiana State Police Detective Matt Teusch and Sheriff’s Department Capt. Malcom Jones. This year’s breakfast is set for Monday, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at VFW Post 2689.
The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department continued its recent tradition of offering a free breakfast to military veterans on Veterans Day last year. Serving United States Army veteran Richard Howard (left) are (from right) sheriff’s deputy Dylan Lagonegro, Indiana State Police Detective Matt Teusch and Sheriff’s Department Capt. Malcom Jones. This year’s breakfast is set for Monday, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at VFW Post 2689. TAB file photo.

Events planned for the upcoming Veterans Day weekend include a parade, ceremonies, dinner and a breakfast, all aimed at honoring Huntington County’s military veterans.

The 2019 festivities get underway on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a community parade starting at 10 a.m.

This year, the parade route has been detoured due to the construction work that has closed a portion of West Park Drive. The staging of parade units will begin at 9 a.m. in the Huntington North High School parking lot. At 10 a.m., the parade will head toward MacGahan Street and turn right, moving on to Flaxmill Road, where it will turn right again.

The procession will then turn left onto Park Hill Drive and move to St. Felix, where it will jog to the right and turn left onto Bartlett Street. The parade will take Bartlett Street to Memorial Park, to its destination at the Veterans Memorial, where it will end.

Everyone is invited to witness the ceremonies planned to take place at the Veterans Memorial, including recognition of new Civil War plaques added to the memorial.

Huntington is also the recipient of a permanent monument of the founding documents of the United States – the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. These documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, will be installed at the Veterans Memorial park.

“This setting will serve to help educate all generations in civics and American history while giving the community a gathering point to celebrate events, honor our heroes and reflect on the history of our proud nation,” stated Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters in his announcement of the monument.

The placing of the Charters of Freedom is through Foundation Forward, a nonprofit organization founded by Vance and Mary Jo Patterson of Burke County, NC. The Pattersons have launched a national campaign to place life-sized replicas of the founding documents in every county, borough and parish in the U.S.

Fetters says the City of Huntington is providing the location and infrastructure preparation, and several local contractors are donating labor and materials for the setting. More information on the project, including financial sponsorship and purchasing a brick paver, can be found at ChartersOfFreedom.com.

After the ceremonies have concluded, all veterans are invited to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 for free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a taco bar.

On Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day will kick off with a free breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for all military veterans and their spouses at the VFW Post 2689, sponsored by and prepared by the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

Also on Veterans Day, Heritage Pointe of Huntington will have a ceremony and live entertainment honoring veterans at 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m., Daryl Mosley will pay tribute to Heritage Pointe of Warren veterans in the chapel.

That evening, veterans are invited to a free dinner at the American Legion Post 160 in Roanoke from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A homemade spaghetti meal with garlic bread will be served.

The dinner will also feature a speaker, author Kayleen Reusser, who wrote “Kayleen Reusser’s World War II Tour of Europe.” She interviewed more than 250 World War II veterans, and will recount her own experiences on a whirlwind 10-day tour of the battlegrounds, memorials and secret strongholds of World War II Europe.

The event, held in cooperation with the Roanoke Public Library, is open to the public and admission is free.

Throughout the week of Nov. 5 through Nov. 11, local businesses are offering veterans a plethora of freebies and discounts. The coupon flyers can be obtained from the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Suite 1, Huntington. Twenty-eight coupons offer events and items specifically geared toward veterans – everything from a free cup of coffee to membership fees waived, as a thank you for their service.