VETERANS SALUTED

Chick-fil-A partners set event Saturday

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/8/18

Area veterans will be recognized once again by Cleveland's Chick-fil-A restaurant, and several community partners, during this 2018 Veteran's Day weekend.Restaurant owners Karen and Steve Colley have …

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VETERANS SALUTED

Chick-fil-A partners set event Saturday

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Area veterans will be recognized once again by Cleveland's Chick-fil-A restaurant, and several community partners, during this 2018 Veteran's Day weekend.

Restaurant owners Karen and Steve Colley have hosted this special celebration the past three years, and are looking forward to Saturday's 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 81, will be assisting once again, along with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and National Guard.

All branches of the U.S. military were invited to participate

Veterans from throughout the region will receive a ticket for a free meal, and there will be booths set up for military personnel, auxiliary members  and veterans to talk to visitors.

"We served 80 meals last year, and hope to serve more this year," said Steve Colley.

There will also be military vehicles and equipment on display, located on the surrounding property.

It is not just a day for veterans, but for youth, families and others interested in the military, and wanting to acknowledged the service of some of our veterans. Officials of the Bradley County Veterans Office are expected to attend.

A featured attraction will be the distribution of hand-fashioned dog tags by the U.S. Army. These dog tags can be a replacement for dog tags veterans may have lost over the years, since their service time ended. Or, they can be made to remember a loved one or family member, or a keepsake for youngsters, and/or teens.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Christopher Butts, a U.S. Army recruiting officer in Cleveland, said the dog tags were a huge success last year, with a long line waiting at times.

The American Legion Auxiliary, under President Janet Allen, also has a special project being assisted by the restaurant, and its two owners. 

A basket located in the restaurant this month will collect a variety of items which will be distributed to deployed troops.  The auxiliary has sponsored this project for a number of years. The basket will remain at Chick fil-A through the end of November.

Items being collected include hand sanitizers, sunblock, lip balm, tissue (individual packs or square boxes), foot powder, dental floss or flosser picks, baby wipes, fingernail clips, hand lotion, crossword or puzzle books, comics, dominoes, playing cards and games, and non-perishable food items (beef jerky, individual snacks such as cookies, crackers and nuts, sunflower seeds, microwave popcorn, cereal bars, protein bars, granola bars, drink mixes or flavoring, chewing gum, heat-resistant candy, and dried fruit, such as banana chips.

The Colleys not only sponsor this Veterans Appreciation Day each November, they also recognize veterans throughout the month with a special promotion called "Dine With a Veteran."

They solicit photographs of area veterans, with a short biography. This information is displayed in the restaurant throughout the month. So, when you come in for a meal, you can "Dine With a Veteran."

Anyone with a veteran they would like to recognize, can drop off a photo and bio at the restaurant.


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