Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Donation to Wounded Warrior Project from Thank A Vet 5K Run/Walk

The Fort Greeneville Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsored the first Thank A Vet 5K run/walk at the Darke County Fairgrounds on May 30, 2015.

We are happy to announce the final total of $2250 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. The event was hosted by the DAR in partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War 50th Commemoration. The event was sponsored by the Greenville VFW Post 7262, Post 7262 Men’s Auxiliary and Women’s Auxiliary, and Post 7262 Boosters.

Eighty­three people registered to participate in the run/walk, and 77 people participated on the day of the event. There were about 140 or more people at the event, including veterans, walkers, runners and spectators.

Approximately 50 veterans were specifically honored by the participants, and of those about half were Vietnam veterans. Runners were given bibs marked “To Honor,” so they could write down the name of a veteran. Vietnam vets present at the event also were presented with a proclamation from The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a pin and a sticker. Rep. Jim Buchy, 84th District, spoke before the runners took to the starting line. “They came home and should be heroes,” Buchy said. “They weren’t when they came home. They are today.”

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 in Roanoke, Virginia, by a group of veterans and friends to help injured service men and women of this generation. The WWP mission is to honor and empower service men and women who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound co-incident to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

Donations of door prizes were made by Studio 1 Hair Design, Double M Diner, Hot Head Burrito, Marion’s Pizza, VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, Kroger and Vint’s Family Restaurant all of Greenville and the Snack Shop in New Madison.

Fort GreeneVille DAR would like to thank the volunteers who made this event possible. Jean Kelly who sang the National Anthem to kick off the event, Captain Keith Denman and members of the Greenville High School JROTC; Caleb Baker, Isaac Baker, Meagan Foster, Austin Engelkin, Ida­Marie Zeller and one Boy Scout Logan Baker; Heavenly Scarberry, Joice Gower and Megan Mitchell from Great Clips; Jill Wright, Melanie Tuthill, and ladies from the Fort GreeneVille DAR (Shirley Hughes, Linda Riley, Linda Bundy, Debbie Nisonger, Helen Wright, Krista Traut, Brenda Arnett, Caroline Petitjean, Michelle Alderman and her sons Auris and Victor.) The American Legion Honor Guard who performed the rifle volley and presentation of the American Flag and allowed us to use the Veteran’s Building at the Fairgrounds.

We hope to see everyone again next year and thank you for making this event such a success.

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