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 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.
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.
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.
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.