November 10, 2005

Luncheon Planned To Honor Local Veterans in Memphis

We owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans Ė from those who have served in past wars and skirmishes, to those who are fighting and working in todayís wars and backyard squabbles. What price is freedom? This is a question that we must all ask ourselves. To keep our nation the ďland of the freeĒ, our military toils on foreign fields so that we here in America do not have to witness it in our own backyards. For this reason, and so much more, could you lend a few minutes of your time and a few bucks from your pocket?

Several community groups are working together to sponsor a Veteranís Day Lunch on November 12, in front of Pamida from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Donations from the Epsilon Iota Beta Chapter, Pepsi, Jís Foods and Pamida will provide a hot dog, chips and pop lunch to all veterans free of charge. The lunch is open to all area residents for a freewill donation. All of the monies collected will be given to the Guard Unit in Kirksville. They will then send it to different military locations and personnel to use as needed. The lunch will be served by several different youth groups under the direction of Sheila Moseley, AmeriCorps*VISTA.

There is also a campaign to furnish items needed for survival kits. Donated items can be dropped off at either the elementary or high school or Pamida during the week of November 7-12. You can also bring your donation to the lunch on November 12. All of the donated items and money will be picked up after the lunch by the Kirksville Guard Unit for distribution. Pamida is also giving a 15 percent discount to all veterans during the week of November 7-12 as a way of showing their appreciation.

Items for the survival bags could include: soft batch cookies (they travel well), salsa and chips, gum, hard candy, Kool-aid mixes, toothpaste and toothbrush, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, razors, lotions, Chapstick, bug spray, baby wipes, deodorant, books, old magazines, puzzle and game books, pens and stationary, stamps, deck of cards, etc. Any small item that you send will brighten the day of someone.

Please take the time to come see us on Saturday, November 12. Pick up a hot dog, donate a little money and drop off a small item to help support our military personnel who are working so hard to give us our freedoms.



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