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Vets thanked at annual breakfast


By John Jackson

  Mayor Billy Copeland and the McDonough City Council hosted the seventh annual Veterans’ Appreciation Breakfast yesterday morning where approximately 140 veterans, invited guests and local leaders enjoyed a country breakfast, at the Heritage Senior Center in McDonough.

Pictured at right, Cadet Master Chief, Destiny Browder, of Henry County High School NROTC assists Navy veteran Mike Starnes with his tray.                                      Photo by John Jackson

  Veterans from every branch were represented and were recognized for service to their country. Mayor Copeland welcomed all of the guests and thanked the staff at the Heritage Senior Center for preparing the meal, and Henry County Commission Chair-man, Tommy Smith, also greeted the guests and thanked the veterans for their service.

  Reverend Bert Neal, retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC in McDonough, spoke about his own military airborne and ranger experience, to a rapt audience. He also extended his heartfelt thanks to all military for their service and sacrifice.

  The Henry County High School NROTC cadets were on hand to assist guests and entertainment was provided by Charlie Kuykendall who performed rousing military songs, accompanied by Cathy Tucker on the piano.

  The Appreciation Breakfast was sponsored by Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet Pontiac-GMC and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.



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