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Veterans Breakfast 2017 a first at the new VFW Post 6097

A First, a history making event with the first ever Veterans Annual Breakfast in the New Post Building made this event a Red Letter Day one - but thanks to some behind the scenes negotiations at a very high level, the Post's Monument is in Place - weeks earlier than had been expected, when on Thursday, November 9, 2017, it was quietly and safely secured in place.
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By Linda & Ed Waggener

The annual Walmart Supercenter/United Citizens Bank Veterans Day breakfast held Saturday, November 11, 2017 was inside the newly finished VFW building at 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY, and there was a surprise: The Post's Monument had been rebuilt and was in its place, ready to add to the feeling that the Veterans were at home.

A huge country breakfast was served up by Walmart associates, the co-hosts with United Citizens Bank, and then there was a brief ceremony.

It was a very emotional meeting with only one WWII Veteran able to be in attendance, and ths was the first time for this event to be held in the new VFW building at its new location.  


The program followed the traditional format:
Columbia Walmart Supercenter and United Citizens Bank

Veteran's Program, November 11, 2017
at VFW Post 6097, 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY
- Welcome - Ronnie Holt
- Post Colors - Adair County VFW
- National Anthem - Jan Overstreet
- Retire Colors - Adair County VFW
- Prayer - VFW Chaplain
- Walmart - Audrey Jones
- Speaker introduction - Ronnie Holt
- Speaker - Joe Hare
- Special music - Jan Overstreet
- Country Quilters - Quilt Giveaway
- Closing Remarks - Joe Hare
The program was sponsored by the Columbia, KY Walmart Supercenter and United Citizens Bank, with special help from Betty's Country Cooking, Trifecta Print, Adair County VFW, Wendy's, McDonald's, Hardees, Taco Bell, Burger King, Sonic, and Prairie Farms dairy products. Local media were also acknowledged.


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The VFW Monument in place for today's VFW Breakfast



2017-11-11 - VFW Post 6097, 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Taft Neal.
VFW Post 6097 Commander Joe Hare, above, was elated that the monument was in place much earlier than previously predicted - in time for the hundreds expected at the annual Walmart VFW Breakfast today, Saturday, November 11, 2017.

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Huge crowd turns out for historic VFW Annual Breakfast



2017-11-11 - VFW Post 6097, 500 Green Hills Road/Corner Mullinix Drive Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The VFW Parking Lot was filled and overflowing when this photo was taken at 8:21amCT, Saturday morning, November 11, 2017 for a historic first - the first ever in the new building, and a wonderful surprise - the monument is up, cleaned up, and securely in place, weeks before the finishing touch had been expected. - LW

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Mackie Jo Pennington sings her late dad's favorite song



2017-11-11 - VFW Post 6097, 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Mackie Jo Pennington, left, sang her Dad's favorite song, "Soldier Boy," at the VFW breakfast, and then Jan Overstreet, right, took the mike to lead on "Proud to be an American" which they sang together to a standing ovation from the crowd. The unforgettable moment took place this morning in the program at the annual Columbia Walmart Supercenter & United Citizens Bank Veteran's Program. The emotion was deepened remembering that Mackie's father couldn't be in the hall this year. He died just over six months ago. Creed Lacy (1934-2017) had been accorded full military rites by the post at his committal service in McClister Cemetery on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Many in the audience were still remembering standing on that beautiful hill in Fairplay with the taps still sounding in their memory, this stalwart, reliable, salt-of-the-earth good man, beloved by the thousands of Adair County students he carried safely to and from school in his 42 years as a school bus driver.

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Big crowd at Walmart/UCB Veterans Breakfast



2017-11-11 - VFW Post 6097, 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The new VFW Post 6097 hall was fillled to capacity for the first ever Walmart Supercenter/United Citizens Bank Veterans Breakfast.

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VFW Post 6097 Breakfast: Buck Perkins only WWII vet present



2017-11-11 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Warren "Buck" Perkins, 96, was the only World War II Veteran able to attend the Saturday morning breakfast at the new VFW center. He was awarded a gift quilt from the Country Quilters. Sharon Bledsoe, center, made the quilt, one of several to be given to Veterans, and she and Kathy Jones, left, made the presentation of the patriotic quilt. Mr. Perkins then called on Mackie Jo Pennington who works at Summit Manor and asked her to please take the gift quilt to his wife. Other WWII Veterans unable to attend will have their quilts delivered to them. Names were drawn after this presentation for winners of several more handmade quilts. - LW

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Rev. Bobby Bowe with Associate Pastor Samuel Hughes at VFW



2017-11-13 - VFW Post 6097, 500 Green Hills Road/Corner Mullinix Drive Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Rev. Bobby Bowe, left, and Santa Fee Baptist Church Associate Pastor Samuel Hughes were among the veterans honored at the VFW Post 6097 breakfast on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Rev. Bowe served in the 4th & 39th Field Artillery HQ Battery in Ft. Bragg, NC, during the Vietnam War, though he was never sent to the combat zone; Rev. Samuel Hughes, right, saw service in the war. His training was at Ft. Riley, Kansas. - EW. Clicking Read More accesses story of the breakfast with an album containing many photo(s) of the Event .

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Only Coast Guard Veteran in Adair County at VFW event



2017-11-13 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Douglas R. Peterson is Adair County's only Coast Guard Veteran. He served in the Cold War, the Vietnam war, and then in the Florida drug wars where he said he "saw more combat there, than in any other."

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VFW Post 6097 Breakfast: New building feels like home



2017-11-13 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Joe Hare, left, said the new VFW building feels just like home because they brought the things with them that made it feel that way, such as the framed photos of the past Veterans on the wall between him and Ronnie Holt. Seated in front is Charles Rickman who served in the US Army in Germany. His wife and son lived there with him during his term. - LW

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VFW Post 6097 Breakfast: Proud to be an American



2017-11-13 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Jan Overstreet, left, led the song Proud to be an American and the whole room filled with Veterans and their families rose to their feet and cheered. It followed an emotional moment when Mackie Jo Pennington, right, sang her Dad's favorite song in his memory.

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VFW Post 6097 Breakfast: Walmart manager salutes Veterans



2017-11-15 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Walmart Supercenter Manager Sam Scharbrough said he knew of no other place he'd rather spend Saturday morning with than with the Adair County Veterans and their families at the annual VFW breakfast. He thanked each and every one of them for their service to our country. He also said he'd never been more proud of his Walmart team who'd been responsible for the organization and preparation of the breakfast. The tradition of the Veterans Day breakfast and special program was co-sponsored by Walmart and United Citizens Bank with additional donations listed in the program.

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Veteran Kenneth Scott and family at Korean War Memorial



2017-11-17 - Washington, D.C. - Photo by Cheryl Scott Holland.
Kenneth Scott, left, was with family this year and didn't get to attend the annual VFW breakfast in Columbia. However it hasn't been long since he traveled with his daughter, son-in-law Mike and Mike's father on a trip to Washington, D.C. Cheryl wrote that she and her husband took the Dads to the Korean War Memorial as a gift to them and it was a very special time with their fathers. To Kenneth's right in the photo are his daughter Cheryl's husband, Mike Holland, in the center, and Mike's dad, John Holland, at right. -- LW

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