GRAFTON— The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Memorial City Post 3081 celebrated members at an annual celebration.
The VFW held a “Birthday” party on Sunday, for veterans and auxiliary members who are 85 years and older.
The event was the fifth annual celebration. VFW post veterans and auxiliary members, as well as their guests, were treated to dinner, cupcakes and entertainment.
Junior Vice Commander Dale Zinn shared that Shop ‘n’ Save Express provided a sandwich ring, and Tee’s Tasty Treats provided the cupcakes for the event.
The auxiliary members prepared sides to go with the meal and served drinks to the guests.
Guitar for Vets came to the celebration to provide entertainment to the guests on the rainy afternoon.
According to guitars4vets.org, Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007.
They currently operate more than 80 chapters in 40 states, with the assistance of over 200 volunteers nationwide.
Here in West Virginia, there are chapters in Beckley, Martinsburg and Wheeling. Throughout the country, they have fulfilled over 30,000 lessons and distributed over 3,000 guitars free to military veterans.
Veteran Jimmy Riffle joined the band and sang a song titled “We are blessed.”
Attendees sang along to old gospel songs and the musicians also played “Happy Birthday” to the veterans as they blew out their candles.
Zinn expressed, “We thought we should recognize them for all they have done, and everything they do for the post. Every year, this celebration keeps growing. It is great to see everyone here.”
Auxiliary member Mary Slaton was honored at the event.
The Veterans honored at the celebration were Charles Bartlett, Robert Knotts, Jimmy Riffle, Willis Nestor and Bill Freeze.
“We’d again like to thank our birthday guys and gals, their guests and everyone who came out to help us celebrate their special day,” said Zinn.