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American Legion Hardin Post 113 in Elizabethtown is using the holiday season as an opportunity to thank veterans.
The legion hosts a luncheon to honor World War II and Korean War veterans at noon Thursday at the post. The meal is free for veterans and a caregiver.
“At the rate we’re losing our veterans, in our book they can’t get recognized enough,” said Denzil Lile, a luncheon organizer.
The day after Christmas provides an opportunity for the veterans to bring family who may be visiting for the holidays, he said.
“That’s when most of the families are here,” Lile said. “We felt that was a good time to come out and fellowship together.”
It also allows veterans to swap stories and relive their past.
“They go back to their youth again,” Lile said. “They will sit a little taller, smile a little wider and brag a little louder. It’s that pride.”
The meal is being prepared for about 50, Lile said, and around 40 already have registered. Food is prepared by volunteers and the bill is footed by the American Legion, he said.
The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls and more, Lile said.
“It will be a big-time meal,” he said. “You can bet on that one.”
The Boy Scouts and Sons of American Legion will be on hand to help serve and assist the veterans and families, Lile said.
“They get to see living history,” he said.
Last year was the first year for the event and it only was open to World War II veterans, he said. This year, the American Legion opened the luncheon to Korean War veterans to increase attendance.
The organization is committed to the event and already has set a date for next year, Lile said.
To register, call Lile at 270-234-6678.