Sheriff’s dept. says thank you to vets with meal

A breakfast to say “thank you” to local veterans will once again be held on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, served up by volunteers, primarily members of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

The meals, provided free to all veterans and their spouses, will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, 220 W. Park Drive, in Huntington. Sheriff Chris Newton says it’s the fifth year the breakfast has been sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department for the county’s military veterans.

“We like to give back to those who gave to us,” Newton notes. “It’s a service that we provide from the county. We’re only able to do our job because of the job that they did.”

About 500 meals are expected to be served this year. Although it’s a holiday for the Sheriff’s Department, Newton says there are between 20 and 30 volunteers who will donate their time and culinary talents to put on the annual breakfast.

“In the past it’s been our department; some of our state troopers have volunteered to come in and help. We have other agencies that volunteer and want to come in and help as well,” he says. “Most of those guys come in on their own time. It’s something that they enjoy doing; it’s something they want to do. And it’s become one of those things that many of the guys are already talking about it now because it’s coming up. … They’re all pretty excited.”

The veterans invited to the breakfast do not have to be members of the VFW in order to enjoy a meal that includes eggs, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, doughnuts, orange juice and coffee.

“We look forward to serving all the veterans from all different areas of the armed forces,” Newton adds. “I think it’s going to be a great event. We always have a wonderful turnout. We have great conversations as a result of it, and it’s like anything – we’ve made more and more new friends out of this every year that we do this.”