By Trish Turner
The members of the Brandenburg Moose Family Center honored local veterans at their facility on Main Street on Saturday November 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. They served a free turkey dinner to all veterans, and charged $8 for non-veterans.
Junior Graduate Regent Shelia Bennett said that she had been preparing the dinner for three days. She cooked two twenty pound turkeys and several of the side dishes. The dinner consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, seasoned green beans, dressing, corn, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, a roll, and your choice of dessert. Many other women were busy in the kitchen as well, such as Rhonda Cummings, Lori Storm, and Shirley Barger.
The event was heavily advertised and many local veterans came to eat at the center, take out a meal, or have it delivered. There were at least 50 meals served by 6 p.m. Those who ate in the center enjoyed the camaraderie with other veterans there. Two local veterans that attended the dinner shared an interesting story. Dave Maifeld and Lee Richardson grew up as neighbors in the state of Oregon. Both had joined the Army and were stationed at Ft. Knox, and both retired in the Meade County area. Several years ago Dave Maifeld was at the local bowling alley when he spotted Lee Richardson and thought he looked familiar. After talking a bit they realized their connection and were amazed that they had both settled nearby.
Some of the dinners that were prepared were delivered to homebound veterans. Stanley Bennett delivered a meal to an 88 year old veteran with cancer who lived in Vine Grove and had called in an order. Another order was delivered to a veteran in Flaherty. The meal was delicious and greatly appreciated by all the veterans and their families. It was a wonderful way for the local Moose Lodge members to honor veterans close to Veteran's Day.