Huntington salutes Veterans with dinner in their honor

Selectman and Veteran’s Agent Ed Renauld prepares to carve the prime rib. (Photo by Amy Porter)

HUNTINGTON – The Council on Aging continued its tradition of hosting a dinner to honor veterans on Saturday evening in Stanton Hall. Kathleen Peterson, chairman of the Council on Aging, said 60 people responded to the invitation, but the group was prepared to serve walk-ins as well

Treasurer and cook Aimee Burnham, Selectman and Veteran’s Agent Ed Renauld and Administrative Assistant Helen Speckels all pitched in for the free event to honor veterans for their service. (Photo by Amy Porter)

Treasurer Aimee Burnham cooked the twice-baked potatoes and prepared the salad, but this year enlisted the help of Darryl Fisk, proprietor of Moltenbrey’s Market, to roast a large enough prime rib to feed the crowd. Selectmen chair and Veteran’s Agent Edward Renauld served the meal along with Administrative Assistant Helen Speckels. 100 cupcakes were baked for the event by selectman Karon Hathaway.

The evening began with “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung by Huntington resident Marie Zomek, who then led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Peterson gave a shout out to the Marines in the room, who were celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the Corps on Saturday.

Huntington resident Marie Zomek led the Star Spangled Banner. (Photo by Amy Porter)

Peterson then dedicated the evening to the memory of Navy veteran Lorraine Ruth King, lifelong Huntington resident who passed away in January of this year. “Lorraine served her country and her community, and she is a great loss,” she said. Her husband Eugene King accepted the dedication, saying it would receive a place of honor in their home.

Eugene King accepts the dedication to his wife, Navy veteran Lorraine King from Council on Aging Director Kathleen Peterson. (Photo by Amy Porter)

The Reverend Carol Smith of the First Congregational Church at Norwich Hill then gave the blessing, before dinner was served. A slideshow of service photos of residents that were submitted to the town ran throughout the program.

Members of the Gateway National Honor Society helped with the cleanup and putting away the tables and chairs.

Huntington hosted a Veterans Dinner at Stanton Hall on Saturday. (Photo by Amy Porter)

The town’s recognition of its service members, including the flags adorning the ramp to the entrance of Stanton Hall, was appreciated by all who attended, as was the delicious meal.

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