By Jim Hamrick, (USAF Ret.)
Boy Scout Troop 251 honored local veterans with a special recognition program in November just before Veterans Day with a video tribute at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church where they have their meetings. Troop leader Chris Underwood said the boys came to him and wanted to do something special to recognize and meet as many local veterans as possible and thank them personally for their service. An invitation was extended to all veterans with 15 in attendance.
The evening was a big success as the veterans were very appreciative of the scout’s friendly welcome and presentation of special pins to each veteran according those who attended.
The evening progressed into a positive fellowship experience for all. Older veterans shared their experiences with the scouts as well as each other. Veterans currently serving shared their perspective on issues of the day, including opportunities and advantages for serving in the armed services. Many relationships were formed as newly acquainted vets bonded over stories of past service. Former Navy Waves Linda Hamrick and Jamie Wallace compared their experiences of serving in the Navy as women in the late 60s, during the Viet Nam War.
Major Jim Langley shared information about some of the changes at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base.
Everyone in attendance came away with a better understanding of what it is to serve in the military, and several new friends. Hats off to Troop 251 for a job well done.