By Michael Isam
St. Augustine, Fla, (January 26, 2014) – When all is peaceful and war is more a distant memory than an ‘In your face’ reality, veterans are oftentimes pushed to the curb. Such is the case many times throughout history.
Even today, when men and women are dying on foreign soil, there are those who denigrate their service. This is especially true of those who enjoy a luxury of life few
can begin to imagine. This is especially true of those who do not have to serve in the military thanks to those who did serve and those serving now.
Luckily there are those who do not share that same sentiment.
On Saturday Bryan Tutten Memorial VFW Post 2391 threw a party. Also known as Veteran's Appreciation Day, more than 150 local veterans came to honor the WWII and Korean veterans who paid a dear price to maintain the freedoms we enjoy today.
It was one large hoe down, throw down, low country boil, music till you drop shindig! There are commercials that show special price dinners at a low cost, but none can compare to the smorgasbord enjoyed by these veterans. One long serving line of domestic roast pig, wild pig, venison stew, slow country boil, calamari, baked beans, coleslaw, salads and other epicurean delights.
Outside at the Tiki Bar, the entourage was treated to music provided by Just Dave who played a great mix of country, bluegrass and other sundry favorites.
“One thing good for sure came out of this event,” said Jim Sisk, “I am watching more and more of the younger vets in close conversation with older vets.” “Finally the ‘My war was different than your war’ veil has begun to show transparency,” continued Sisk “It is about time.”
Sisk and Herb, ‘The Sock Man’, Naumann enjoyed the company of a young Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association member ‘Life-Line’. “I love to hear the stories of the elder veterans,” said Life-Line, “The more I hear, the closer I feel and I don’t feel quite so alone.” ‘The Sock Man’ collects white tube socks from organizations and individuals for distribution to veterans in local nursing homes and for shipment to active duty personnel in harms way. Last year he distributed over 700 pairs of socks.
The event was sponsored by Island Doctor, VFW Post 2391, Old Carriage Realty, Coleman Music & Entertainment, Family Kia of St. Augustine, Jack Wilson Chevrolet, Hyundai of St. Augustine, members of the AmVets and members of the VFW.