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Veterans honored during gathering at Thomson-McDuffie library

Friends of the Library took the opportunity Friday morning to honor Veterans with an old fashioned USO Canteen. Library friend Suzan Harris decorated the library multi-purpose room with patriotic swags and banners, flags, and large red, white, and blue star confetti. Visitors enjoyed donuts, sweet rolls, coffee and juice.

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Frances Cowart talks with Roger Reid at the library.

"It's good to be here. I'm lucky to be here," said Roger L. Reid, who retired as a first sergeant after 22 years in the army fighting in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Frances Cowart, president of Friends of the Library, said the Friends usually have a formal ceremony honoring Veterans, but made things simpler this year because people would be traveling to Albany, Ga., for Thomson High School's football game.

"They seem to enjoy the fact that they had a chance to just come in, sit down, relax and share stories," Mrs. Cowart said.

As they entered the room, the Vets all greeted each other as old friends with a common bond.

"Things like this are importanté─Âmen like (Mr. Reid) are becoming a forgotten breed," said Luke Martin, who served in the Navy on a destroyer during the Korean War.

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Mr. Reid gets a special recognition during the gathering.

In addition to good company and good food, the Veterans also enjoyed reading hand-made Valentine cards and thank-you notes from sixth graders in Nancy Wallace and Claudia Rodriguez's class at Thomson Middle School.

"I think this is wonderful," said Eric Gearns, who served in Vietnam.

The old USO atmosphere was in full swing as Big Band music resounded from a portable CD player. Several of the ladies danced a short version of the jitterbug.

"The only thing we didn't provide was the young folks for these old men to dance with," Mary Brooks said.



Web posted on Thursday, November 17, 2005











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