Two local veterans groups are inviting the community to join them Monday evening for a free event.
According to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2019 commander David Raborn, his organization and the Mount Airy American Legion post will host a cookout at Veterans Memorial Park Monday evening. Both of the posts’ auxiliaries are also sponsoring the event.
Raborn said the cookout will take place on the hill at the park and begins at 4 p.m.
“We are inviting people to come out and take a look at our organizations,” explained Raborn. “Some might find they’d like to become members.”
Raborn said both organizations do much in the way of community outreach, especially to veterans and families of veterans in some sort of financial distress.
He highlighted the VFW’s meal program. Every year the organization provides meals to more than 50 families for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
“We must stay active in the community to keep up our outreach programs,” noted Raborn.
He said part of that effort is attracting new members, not just to the veteran organizations, but also to the auxiliaries.
Raborn explained that a spouse, widow, son, daughter, grandson and granddaughter of a veteran can join the auxiliaries. The VFW auxiliary is limited to family members of those veterans eligible for membership in the VFW, veterans who received campaign or overseas service medals or served in an imminent danger or hostile pay area or in Korea.
He said the auxiliary can play an important role in the lives of a veteran’s family, especially spouses.
“We are a bunch of guys who have served our country, but our families have put up with it all too,” noted Raborn. “Some of them might find a group of people who have gone through the same things helpful.”
The cookout isn’t expected to last more than a couple hours. Raborn said hot dogs, hamburgers and other food will be available.
The VFW will also hold a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. on Monday at the park.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.