STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRENDA SPOSATO
Hundreds turned out to support the veterans’ family picnic on Oct 21 at Victor Hart Park in Gifford. Hosted by the Veterans Council of Indian River County, American Legion Post 181 and Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County. The gathering offered an opportunity for military heroes and their families to come together.
Volunteers arrived as early as 6 a.m. to prepare the stage, the activity tents, and the food. The event began with The Presentation of the Colors by American Legion Post 181’s Honor Guard, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, and then all in attendance joining in to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Veterans Council Vice President Curtis Paulisin described the event as an outreach effort to give back to the community. He said, “We’re very excited about today, so many veterans and families have come out to support us! Everyone seems to be having a great time. The BBQ chicken and hot dogs were a big hit as well as the decorated cupcakes station, bouncy house, and slip and slide.”
“Our annual Veterans picnic was a huge success. It was another opportunity for the IRC Veterans to reach out to the local community, raising the awareness of Veterans and their contributions to society” explained Veterans Council President Col. Darryle Sam Kouns (US Army, Ret.)
For more information about other upcoming events and projects or to learn how to you can get involved, please visit veteranscouncilirc.org.