Military Appreciation Day a fun event for veterans and families
The SD Gunner Fund, Evans County Pilot Club, American Legion Post 60 and VFW Post 7375 hosted the first annual Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, November 15. Despite cooler than average temperatures, the event drew a crowd.
Veterans and their families participated in a variety of games including botchee ball, bingo, cornhole and darts. There were also demonstrations and free lessons from the Evans County Archery Club. The Pilot Club of Evans County provided lunch for everyone who attended, and desserts for door prizes.
Event organizers say the community showed their support for this event. Claxton High School Tiger Band participated by kicking off the event with the National Anthem, followed by an opening prayer led by VFW member Aaron Todd. Pinewood Christian Academy and Claxton Elementary students sent over 500 personalized letters and coloring sheets for local veterans.
Local businesses provided goodies for door prizes and gifts to the veterans. Senator Jack Hill, Nesmith Chevrolet, and the Evans County Wildlife Club were the lead supporters for this event.
"It was a great starting point," said Britnee Kinard, president of SD Gunner Fund and treasurer for Evans County Pilot Club. "I look forward to next year being much larger with many more vendors! We already have over a dozen different military vendors asking to be a part of our 2015 Military Appreciation Day."