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Veterans serve one another

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- On a sunny Sunday afternoon with temps soaring in the 70s, the American Legion Riders would normally be out exploring the world on two wheels.

But this Sunday wasn't just any Sunday.

It was Sunday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, and ALR president Ron Lovins and his fellow motorcycle riders were right where they wanted to be, at the American Legion Post 16 Ballroom serving their fellow servicemen and women.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Lovins and his group of volunteers served up meals for more than 100 veterans and homeless veterans who came through the doors to enjoy a buffet that included everything from biscuits and gravy to pancakes to pinto beans.

With "Crazy Cat," Melissa Lovins, and Kim McGuire in the kitchen, volunteers such as Tim Rowe and Ed Maxwell joined the ALR group in their first brunch for veterans, something they hope to make an annual event, Lovins said.

What food was left over was being boxed up and taken to some veterans who weren't physically able to attend the lunch, Lovins said.

Lovins said that although ALR does a lot of charity rides, parades and events, they decided to do a brunch a couple months ago and could not have done it without the generous support of several area businesses such as Walmart South Point, Heiner's Bread, Broughton's Dairy, Barbosa Produce and Logan's Meats.

"A lot of places promise something to do veterans but often times they have a limited menu or they want to make veterans have to show their identification," Lovins said. "We wanted any veteran to be able to walk in here and get a meal without having to be bothered for an ID."

Scott Hesson, a member of Post 16 and frequent volunteer whose grandparents Bill and Tina Karnes, have been long-time members and leaders at the Post, stopped by with several folks for lunch.

Hesson, who helped cook a couple weeks back at a veterans dinner, said he came to celebrate Veterans Day and to give thanks for his country and service.

"If it wasn't for them, this country wouldn't be where it's at today," Hesson said. "I will always do anything I can to support veterans."