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2nd Annual Wounded Warriors dinner

Contact Information:

Melissa Klanecky                                  mklanecky@co.caroline.va.us                    (804) 633-9831

Caroline County Fire & Rescue

2nd Annual Wounded Warriors Dinner

WOODFORD, VA - Saturday’s gray, overcast skies were perfect for deer hunting and the soldiers from Walter Reed Hospital were eager to be outside . Partnered with members of the Mattaponi Hunt Club (who initiated and coordinated this event), the soldiers downed 4 bucks and 6 does.Wounded Warriors

The day started early with breakfast at the Upper Caroline Volunteer Fire Department provided by Paul’s Bakery, Sonic and McDonald’s. The fire department’s walls were decorated with posters made by school children thanking these brave men and women for their service. After being welcomed by UCVFD Chief Steve Parrish and Caroline County Fire-Rescue Chief David Layman, the soldiers left for their respective areas. The Auxiliary of the Mattaponi Hunt Club coordinated the food donations as well as the setting up and serving of the food.

The hunters arrived back at the fire department that evening for dinner. Chief Parrish introduced several special guests including Port Royal District Supervisor Bobby Popowicz, Mattaponi Hunt Club president Donald Norman, Junior Rose from the American Legion and representatives from Glock Firearms and Gander Mountain sports store. The soldiers were thanked by each of these gentlemen for their service to our county. The hunters were then greeted with a feast of venison, ham and chicken with sides of corn pudding, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans and more. One separate table was designated for pies, cakes, brownies and cookies.

After dinner, Chief Parrish again took the floor to oversee the awarding of memorabilia to each soldier. This consisted of an Upper Caroline VFD baseball cap, a Caroline County Department of Fire-Rescue patch and a certificate of honorary membership in the Upper Caroline Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Parrish also informed them of a plaque on the wall where each soldier’s name will be added as members.

The organizations involved are pleased this event worked so well and look forward to next year.

For more information, please contact Caroline County Dept. of Fire-Rescue, P. O. Box 447, Bowling Green, VA 22427. The telephone number is 804/633-9831 or you may email your request to mklanecky@co.caroline.va.us.

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