Over 100 local veterans and Fort Campbell soldiers were honored and treated to a hearty breakfast last Friday by the Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club.
The club’s annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast was initiated last year to show appreciation for the service of both our veterans and active military.Included this year, were 18 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Rotarian and retired Army Colonel Bob Bailey drove a bus to Fort Campbell to pick up 18 soldiers who are part of the US Army’s Wounded Warrior program, and transport them to Victory Baptist Church for the breakfast in their honor. They entered the room to an emotional standing ovation.
The Wounded Warrior Program assists and supports soldiers who are severely wounded or ill, either physically or mentally, throughout their recovery and transition, and strives to foster their independence.
Fellowship and food seemed equally enjoyable Friday morning, as the Fort Campbell soldiers and local veterans sat around the table and exchanged stories of their duties and experiences in the military.
The Fort Campbell soldiers were later transported back to base, well fed and with a huge supply of donuts provided by Gourmet Donuts in Mt Juliet.
“Our goal for the event was to recognize the enormous sacrifice made by our newest generation of veterans,” said Bailey, “and to honor the service of those individuals gone before.”