Saving Forgotten Warriors Serve 27 Turkeys 18 Hams 600 Veterans
The official results from the 2nd annual Saving Forgotten Warriors (SFW) Thanksgiving Meal at Brandin’ Iron (BIS) West Point are in:
• 600+ Military Veterans Served
• 27 Turkeys Consumed
• 18 Hams Gone
• 20 pans of Dressing Gone
• 15 pans of Green Beans Gone
Compared to last year’s turn out of just over 200 people, this year edition of this 100% free Thanksgiving meal was a resounding success. Every military veteran we spoke with showered high praise on SFW and BIS for making this available themselves, family members.
Organizers also allowed veteran widows, their caregivers, and school-aged children to participate.
The Brandin’ Iron’s Josh Speakman weighed in after all the meals served:
The event had an active, energized group of sponsors:
• The entirety of the Saving Forgotten Warriors volunteer staffers was in attendance.
• West Elementary School provided decorative wall art
• Cullman-native and preliminary candidate for Miss Alabama – Brooke Edwards – was on hand throughout the day as the go-to for all things.
• Hanceville High Leo Club & West Point High Cheerleaders to part in the important attendee hosting and server duties
• Students from across the Cullman County Schools System wrote letters and cards to veterans from their classrooms. Some of these touching words brought some veterans to tears.
• Personnel from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office delivered meals to homebound veterans who could not come to the restaurant
• Cullman County Commissioner Garry Marchman was on premise for almost the entire 7 hours duration of this event sharing stories and serving his fellow military veterans..
• Gubernatorial Candidate and Marine veteran James Fields also participated in serving plates to the veterans and their families.
• At Cullman Today, we did our part. Our own Tiffany Collins filmed a steady stream of Cullman area veterans recounting their personal military histories. Most of the recollections are incredibly raw and intimate.
Here is one that is little more lighthearted and fun. It is the Alabama Wildman, Vietnam Veteran Thomas Perdue:
These film testimonial will be by SFW to Washington DC and the National Archives. They will be kept in each veteran’s file for the historical record.
The SFW and BIS Thanksgiving partnership looks strong. They expect this event will become an annual tradition on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
For more information about Saving forgotten Warriors, call 256-747-5006 or visit www.facebook.com/Savingforgottenwarriors.org.
Brandin’ Iron is easy to find located at 87 County Road 1242, Cullman, AL 35057.
The Brandin’ Iron – West Point
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