I want to thank the following people who made last week’s Veterans Day program a huge success!
Ray Hendrix, who was kind enough to open the ceremony. My chaplain ,Charlie Williams, who is 91, and still going strong. Thanks to Jimmie Alderman for leading the "Pledge of Allegiance." Great job Jimmie.
Bill Coen was awesome. He not only sang Patriotic Songs preceding the actual program, but he was gracious enough to sing "The National Anthem" and at the end of the program led the audience to the rendition of "God Bless America" I believe Kate Smith could not have done it any better Thank you very much ,Bill.
Roxie Remley – you kept the veterans spell bound and expecting more! I'm sure come Memorial Day when you are the "Keynote Speaker," the veterans will come to hear "the rest of the story" Dawn Oliver thank you for a warm welcome from the Arts Council. You were "short and sweet' Jan Anderson what a grand entrance!
The "American Flag " dress you wore and "The Betsy Ross" flag you brought was a welcome surprise. Thank you!
Joe Bill Brannon – great introduction!. The audience could feel your emotion when you introduced Bob and when yousaluted him .Wow! It definitely was a Kodak Moment"
The keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Robert Dannacher,USAF Ret,.mentioned that he had not touched his uniform in 35 years and it looked great on him. He went on to tell us how he started out and the more he spoke the more he kept us in suspense with the "secret" things he was involved in as a member of the crews that operated in Laos and Cambodia.
Thanks Bob, you did your job and we as veterans appreciate what you did and salute you as one of us!
Cliff Holt from Coffeeville, Kansas was my master of ceremonies! He cut a mean figure in that spiffy white Naval uniform .He was the epitome of class. He had the vets in the palm of his hands a few times. You made me proud , Cliff and I am very happy to call you my friend.
Last ,but not least ,I want to thank the Averitt Center for the Arts for letting us have the Emma Kelly Theater, the Statesboro Herald for its fine coverage – surely the Herald had a lot to do with the great crowd we had. The GSU Color Guard for posting the flag.
Tony Philips for his help in the planning and designing the program. Mark Anderson and Tracy Joiner, David and Beth Boykin for their financial assistance to make this happen, and wanting to do something for the veterans.
Randy Nessmith! No I did not forget you, Randy. I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You were so kind and gracious to give all the veterans a" dinner on you" What more can I say but you made a lot of friends and hopefully a lot of new customers. I understand that Randy was away that day on business and Mike Philips, manager of RJs was on duty – so thanks Mike
Daniel R. Foglio
Cmdr., Dexter Allen American Legion Post #90