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Veterans Day Lunch in Monroe County

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 11/11/2013 6:47 pm
ABERDEEN,Miss(WTVA)--Outside the VFW Post 4490 on Coontail road in Aberdeen,they were cooking up burgers,hotdogs,and other mouth-watering treats.

Inside the post kitchen, they were doing the same.

"Well, we're doing it today like we do it on every Veterans' Day. We feel like this is our way of giving back to our veterans."said Ladies Auxilary President Dianne Brown.

It is the annual luncheon celebratiion here at the post, and on this day, there was a little added surprise.

"And without any further adieu, I'm going to pressent this check for five -thousand dollars to our VFW Commander."said Dianne Brown.

Turns out the Ladies Auxilary had some money leftover from the old Bingo-playing days resting in bank CDs.

It's money they-say is much-needed around the post.

Each year they host the event here at the VFW post 4490 in Monroe County.

And each year the numbers seem to dwindle a little bit.

There's a reason for that, they say, and that is the shrinking numbers of World War Two veterans.

"Just being here for them and to serve them, that's something that touches me, and that's why I do it."said Post Commander Jason Sullivan.

"Our membership is dying. World War Two soldiers are going away. We have several of them with us, and we're proud that they are with us."replied Post Quartermaster Sam Brown.

There were a couple of World War Two veterans on hand, the Cunningham Brothers.

Thomas is 90 years old.

"In 1942, I joined and then got out. We enlisted for three years plus six months. And when it was up, I reenlisted."said Cunningham.

All of these men and women have a story to tell, but all of them we found out, equally proud of the time they put in serving their country.

"I served nine months in combat. Liked to froze to death Besides, the Chinese tried to kill me. But I made it back."said Percy Harlow, a Korean Veteran in attendance.

Theri numbers may have dwindles, they say, but their spirts have not. 

Llocal members of the VFW post 44-90 are reaching out to veterans of more recent wars by way of a facebook page.

The commander believes that eventually younger veterans will join the organization.
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