An event which will cater to veterans is planned for Saturday evening in Mount Airy.
Surry County Veterans Services Director Mike Scott said veterans and others should be ready to attend a night filled with entertainment at Veterans Memorial Park.
In 2015 Scott put together a veterans appreciation day. The event, held in May, took place at the Blackmon Amphitheater near city hall. Letters from Home, a performance by a duo of “bombshells” which is reminiscent of a World War II era USO show, provided the entertainment for the event.
While the 2015 show drew more than 100 visitors, Scott said it was obvious that there were a number of ways he could improve upon that event.
“We had it during the day, and I really think it was just too hot for some of our veterans,” said Scott of one change.
Scott said so attendees aren’t scorched by the midday sun, the event has been changed to the evening. Other changes include adding some fun aspects for the smaller members of the family and the venue change to Veterans Park. A 4H group will be on hand offering face-painting and other activities for children.
“This year’s changes should make for a very comfortable evening of enjoying entertainment for the entire family,” added Scott.
Another aspect will be added which should appeal to some of the local classic car enthusiasts, said Scott. A car show is set to kick off at 4 p.m. in the parking lot at Veterans Park. It will lead into the entertainment, which begins at 6 p.m.
The event is free to the public, according to Scott. However, concessions such as hot dogs, fries and drinks will be sold. Those proceeds will go to the Veterans in Distress Fund, a fund set up to aid veterans who are in immediate financial distress. Those veterans might range from homeless veterans to one who might need some help with groceries, utility bills or another immediate financial crisis.
Scott noted a contingent from his offices and representatives from various veteran service groups will be on hand to discuss the services offered to veterans and their families.
I look at this event as a way for us to give back to our veterans, their families and the community which supports those veterans,” said Scott. “Please come out and support or veteran community and enjoy a wonderful show.”
Scott said Saturday’s event is expected to last until about 8 p.m.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.