Community Honors Veterans with Annual Luncheon
WELLSBORO – On Tuesday, October 25, the 5th Annual Veterans Luncheon was held at the Fireman’s Annex in Wellsboro. The Tioga County Office of Veterans Affairs joined with BSST Area Agency on Aging. Tioga County Commissioner Eric Coolidge opened with the National Anthem and Master of Ceremonies, Roger Bunn thanked and welcomed veterans, their families, and other guests of honor.
Director of Veterans Affairs, Tim Cleveland gave the opening remarks. He welcomed and acknowledged veterans, those who have volunteered their lives to be part of the greater whole: to serve in our nations military. He quoted President Ronald Reagan in his radio address to the nation in 1983, “Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they’ve suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.”
Marilyn Whetherbee, Volunteer Coordinator for Tioga County Area on Aging, gave the presentation of flowers to the oldest veterans: Allen “Oddie” Scranton at 104 years old, and Gerryl Stabley who will be 90 in November. As first time event organizer, the task was daunting but it was teamwork that brought the event to fruition. After speaking with some of Tioga County’s Veterans, they said it was important to them to still gather together. A great comradeship, and a lot of fun to be had at gatherings like the luncheon. Roger Bunn said, “These events are important because it recognizes what individuals from our community did, the commitment they made, and their follow through.”
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