A barbecue to honor veterans took place in Colusa Saturday.
Scores of local veterans, family members, and community members attended the fundraising event held at Veterans Memorial Park. The event hosted by the Maxwell American Legion Post 218 and the Colusa Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2441.
Lunch featured barbecue chicken, brisket or ribs prepared by Rocco’s Bar & Grill.
In addition to great food and good company, several items were available for raffle, including two Traeger BBQ’s, guns, and other assorted tools and items.
Jennie Kessenger, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Chico Chapter presented certificates of appreciation to several members. The chapter represents Colusa, Glenn, and Butte Counties.
“About a year ago we embarked on an adventure of doing flag ceremonies with the schools,” “we ended up participating with over 3,000 students within those three counties. The DAR of Sacramento awarded the Chico chapter with a special certificate of appreciation for touching over 3,000 kids with our flag ceremony.
I would have never of dreamed that our little chapter from Chico would win an award so outstanding when L.A. could have done one school and accomplished that.
“We’ve done such a great job that we do get requests from other counties to provide a Flag Ceremony for their schools,” said Kessinger.
Kessenger thanked Bill Tanner and all of the Colusa VFW for their help in getting the DAR Ceremonies organized. She also thanked Ron Azevedo with the Maxwell American Legion for their support as well.
“I love sharing the story about the flag in Maxwell,” said Kessinger. “The school in Maxwell did not put their flag up during the second day, and Mr. Azevedo went to the school and spoke with the principal. He said, ‘why are you not flying that flag’ and they stated that they wanted to save it for later and preserve it. He told them that the DAR gave them that flag, and it should be flown. In 20 minutes the flag was back up.”
Kessinger also gave thanks to Karsyn Gwinnup, Holley Hickel, and Jasmine McCargo who sang the National Anthem at the Events.
“They sang their heart out at all of the events,” Kessinger said. “McCargo never sang in front of a crowd before, and she did a fantastic job.”
Colusa VFW Post 2441 Commander, Bill Tanner, thanked everyone for coming out and for their support.
The funds raised during the BBQ are used to help the veterans of Colusa County, to fill the individual needs of our veterans, and complete veteran community service projects.<