Veterans enjoy annual dinner

Local veterans enjoy dinner at the Machine Shop on Monday, Nov. 11, during a program put on by the Uinta County Veterans Board. Pictured are Dennis Freeman, Dan Osborn, Ken Duncan, Tom Dean, Pete Roitz and Barbara Roitz. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — Approximately 100 people gathered at the Machine Shop in Evanston on the evening of Monday, Nov. 11, to honor Uinta County veterans and remember fallen heroes.

Master of ceremonies was board member for veteran affairs Steve Fowler. The ceremony began with the pledge to the flag and everyone singing the national anthem led by Clarissa Cole. 

Guest speaker was Nancy Stafford with Tri-County Veteran Services based in Kemmerer. She provided information on the services available to veterans and encouraged all to apply if they hadn’t already done so. 

“There are 1,200 veterans in Uinta County and there is money available for a variety of services, including compensation for health services, benefits for veteran’s families and for rehabilitation assistance. Please sign up for benefits,” Stafford said and gave her contact information.

The program continued with a video titled, “To Our Veterans.”  Images of the Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War were shown.

The members of the Uinta County Veterans Board were introduced, including Paul Barnard, Wes Moon, Penny Williams, Vikki Norwood, Steve Fowler, Judith Sanchez and Amelia Rutner (not present). 

Guests then lined up for a meal catered by the Uinta County Senior Citizens Center and served by Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops 911. The Sojourners Masonic Organization Military Veterans group provided a presentation on the creation of the United States flag and what each stripe and the stars stood for. Charles Warren spoke while Harry Oberg and Merrill-Lee Warren placed each stripe and star on the display flag.

During the evening’s events guests were able to bid on the many silent auction items on display. Proceeds from the auction are used to support the Uinta County Veterans Board projects that go directly to assist veterans.

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