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Veterans turn honored with free Golden Corral meal

By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Nov. 12, 2012 at 5:12 a.m.
Updated Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

Sam Phillips, a veteran, of Victoria, laughs and talks with friends outside the Golden Corral Restaurant.

Horns bleated patriotic tunes through the overhead speakers as veterans made trips to the buffet tables to load up their plates.

On Veterans Day at Golden Corral, disabled veterans ate for free.

Michael Brindle, commander of the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, grinned as veterans streamed into the dining room.

"This is a way for young people to learn about the people who sacrificed their lives for their freedom," Brindle said. "This shows people exactly what happens when war takes place."

More than 800 veterans were served Monday night.

The event was hosted by the restaurant in partnership with Disabled American Veterans.

On entering the restaurant, they had to pass a small table covered in a white tablecloth, the table of the missing soldier.

Brindle said it's important to honor the service of veterans so people don't forget what veterans have done.

The dinner at Golden Corral is also a way to say thanks, he said.

Weldon Holmes served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. When he came home, he was eager to put his uniform away and to ignore his service. But over the years he has become proud of being a veteran, he said.

"This feels wonderful. It's really great to have our service acknowledged," he said.



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