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Veterans honored for their service to our country

By:  Jack Swift

Johnson County Historian

An aura of patriotism was evident at the Johnson County Senior Center Thursday as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized and honored veterans for their service to our nation. A number of veterans were on hand for that special day. Each one was asked to come forward to receive a certificate of appreciation and a memento of the occasion from the DAR.

The certificate of appreciation reads as follows: “The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Certificate of Appreciation Presented to (veteran’s name) on Veterans’ Day 2017 by Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter.” Janet Rhea Payne, Chapter Regent, signed the certificate. The veterans were lined up across the senior center floor. Pictures were taken. There were a variety of military branches represented as well as varying lengths of service.
My high school classmate, Junior Maze, recited a moving poem about the American Flag with the accompaniment of Jackie Warden on the piano. Warden also sang a couple of patriotic songs for the occasion.

The presentation ceremony followed a delicious meal consisting of chili dog with mustard and onion, potato wedges, baked beans, coleslaw and a whole-wheat bun. Milk and margarine are also included. The price per meal is very reasonable. Kathy Motsinger is the senior center director. Terry Hodge handles the transportation and Helen Wood is over the food service. Volunteers are needed and welcome. All the activities can be utilized by anyone 60 years of age and older. The center is housed inside what was once the old Johnson County High School gymnasium that was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was transformed into a beautiful facility for the senior center. Seniors can fellowship together, eat a nice meal and make use of the various services available.

The center brings an important service to seniors. It affords a great deal of activities and services. There are three pool tables for their use. In addition there is a variety of exercise machines. Books and magazines are also available. Long and short trips are planned by the director throughout the year. Guest speakers are often featured as well as folks who come to entertain. The senior center is a very important facility for Johnson County folks to utilize and support.