Members of the Colusa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2441 and Maxwell American Legion Post No. 218 served lunch to about 200 people at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, many of whom were veterans of military service themselves.
“It was a great turnout,” said organizer Bill Tanner. “We were sold out and all the food was gone.”
Tanner said Rocco’s once again provided a great lunch of chicken, ribs and beans, and that local businesses really stepped up to provide dozens of great raffle prices.
“We have to thank all of our sponsors,” Tanner said. “This wouldn’t be the success that it is without them.”
While the community gathered at long tables to enjoy lunch and camaraderie, the Veterans Picnic also served as an opportunity for agencies that serve veterans to provide information about services and benefits available to veterans and their families.
Colusa County Veterans Services Officer Don Parsons, who was in attendance, said there are about 1,100 veterans in Colusa County.
Mike Nichols, president of Yuba-Sutter Stand Down, encouraged veterans and their families to attend the Veterans Resource Fair Aug. 21-23 in Marysville.
“All are welcomed,” he said.
The event plays a critical role in helping veterans, active duty personnel and their families obtain necessary goods and services that include food, clothing, shelter, housing, education, medical and dental services, and social security.
Representatives of CalVet also attended the picnic.
While the total proceeds from the picnic have not yet been tallied, Tanner said the picnic committee will meet with the VFW and American Legion in about three weeks to determine what in the community will benefit.
In addition to assisting veterans with specific needs, proceeds have benefited causes like Field of Dreams and assisted local cemeteries to install veteran monuments.
While traditionally the local VFW and American Legion posts maintain separate membership, many of their members belong to both groups. For more than a decade, members of the two organizations have joined together at local events to fight for veterans’ benefits, promote patriotism, and raise money for various causes that typically aid veterans in some way. ■