Saluting Vets with Food
It seems to have become a tradition - feeding veterans on Veterans Day. Plenty of restaurants do it, Golden Corral and Applebees are a couple that come to mind, and the WIKY Morning Show, too, with our Sixth Annual Vets Breakfast aboard the LST 325.
When we decided we wanted to do something special for Tri-state vets six years ago, the LST hadn't been docked in Evansville for that long and we weren't sure if they wanted to do anything like a free breakfast. They didn't hesitate to agree and it's been going on every year since.
For the first couple of years, we would haul on breakfast sandwiches from area restaurants like Chick-fil-a and Subway and we all stood on the frosty deck and enjoyed the sunrise and the view from the ship. After a couple of years, Mike Whicker came up with the idea of cooking the breakfast in the ship's galley with the food donated by Rick Kersting and the Westside Schnuck's. The vets shuffled through the chow line just like back in the day and they loved it. However, from the beginning, wives and sweethearts were alway welcome and balancing a plate of rain soaked eggs on the soggy deck didn't add up to any nostalgia for them. So, starting the fourth year, Browning Funeral Home underwrote the cost of the food and LST volunteers now cook and serve the breakfast buffet style down below on the Tank Deck of the ship at tables out of the weather.
Please join us in the morning. It's open and free to all area vets and active duty personnel. Chow is served from 7 until it runs out, usually between 9 and 10. It's become a tradition to start Veterans Day activities aboard the LST 325 and it's our hope that it becomes a tradititon with you, too. It's just a humble thanks for your service.
By the way, my dad, a career soldier, has no problem whatsoever getting fed free on Veterans Day.