VFW Ladies Prepare Fabulous Veterans Dinner

Every November, the members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4513, American Legion Post 333 and their Auxiliary Members host a free dinner for all veterans in the Fairfield Bay area. The dinner for 2012 was held on Saturday, November 17. The ladies of VFW Post 4513 Auxiliary did a wonderful job of preparing the VFW Hall with decorations, lots of desserts and drinks, and setting up the serving line. Over 110 Veterans and their spouse or guest were fed a delicious meal of Chicken Cordon Bleu from the Little Red in Fairfield Bay. It was coupled with excellent side dishes and rolls prepared by the Auxiliary. The guests were treated to an excellent talk from Reverend Arthur Baisch, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church Missouri Synod located on Sneed Drive in Fairfield Bay. Rev Baisch discussed his background as a child born during World War II in Eastern Poland, how his family emerged from the horrors of war as displaced persons and were later able to find their way to the United States. Pastor Baisch told the audience that all he was able to do in his life such as receiving an excellent education, travelling to many different states and foreign countries and living a life of luxury compared to many people around the world made him feel very grateful. He stated that he had been blessed to be able to enjoy freedom that wasn’t found elsewhere in the world and that our freedom was made possible through the sacrifices of many persons and their families who had served in the armed forces. He concluded his talk by stating how proud he was in 1960 to raise his hand and take the oath of allegiance to the United States. Pastor Baisch then offered a prayer for all veterans and their families, keeping in our hearts and minds the souls of those veterans who have gone before us. As a token of appreciation for his talk, Lee Johnson, Commander of Legion Post 333 presented Pastor Baisch with an American flag. This was the largest veterans group that the dinner has hosted for many years. The ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4513 deserve a huge “Thank You” for their hard work and efforts. A door collection was taken to help offset the cost of the food prepared by the ladies and the left over amount was given to the Post 4513 Auxiliary Color Guard. The Legion and VFW expect that next year’s dinner will be even bigger and better.

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