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Veterans will be treated to free meal in Lyons on Saturday

Thursday, November 8, 2012

In honor of Veteran's Day, a Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be conducted Saturday at the Lyons Community Building.

Buck and Judy Mullis, Mike and Tammy Calvert, and Lyons Boy Scout Troop 407 will host the dinner.

A dinner of chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, and several other homemade dishes will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Open to the public, veterans will be able to eat for free while other members of the public will pay for their meal by donation only, according to Boy Scout Troop leader Judy Mullis.

A patriotic quilt auction will take place, along with door prizes for the public. Special door prizes will be given out to the veterans throughout the evening and a silent auction will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature many different items.

Immediately after the silent auction, members of the Lyons VFW will host a short flag-folding ceremony followed by guest speaker Staff Sgt. Eric Vonderheide.

Tables will feature memorabilia from several of the veterans' days of service. Those veterans will be there to explain what everything they have on display means, and to tell the stories behind the items.

Mullis added empty tables will also be set up for any other veterans who would like to present items of their own.

All of the money raised will be donated to the Lyons Veteran's Memorial Fund, which is working to place a new memorial between the Lyons Community Building and fire department.

Mullis said she would like to see a lot of people come out and support the veterans on behalf of the sacrifices they made for us. She also believes it would be a great opportunity to meet those veterans, learn their stories, and shake their hands.

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