Recognition is appreciated

To the editor:

On behalf of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1856 and all veterans in the greater Fort Dodge area, we would like to thank the businesses that provided free meals to veterans in honor of Veterans Day 2013: Applebee’s, Hy-Vee, Perkins and Village Inn. The recognition, kindness and thankful words were appreciated as much as the delicious food.

Thank you to all the veterans and supporters who attended and participated in the Veterans Day ceremony at St. Edmond High School. In spite of the winter weather, there was a good turnout, and as always it was an excellent patriotic program. A special thank you to the vocal music students and their directors for excellent music.

Many thanks to McGough Construction for using their crane and equipment to fly a very large flag high over the VFW post during Veterans Day. The flag waved proudly and was observed by all who drove or walked anywhere in the vicinity. Very impressive and appropriate.

Finally, thank you to everyone who attended the bean soup and cornbread lunch at the VFW post following the program, and thank you to those who prepared the meal. If you have not attended the annual Veterans Day program followed by the VFW bean soup lunch in the past, please make it a point to attend next year.

To everyone who did anything at all to make Veterans Day special, please know that all area veterans, although having served selflessly and with no expectation of reward, greatly appreciate your ongoing support.

Ron Arends


Veterans of

Foreign Wars

Post 1856

Fort Dodge