Darke County Veterans Services host annual DC dinner

We like to give our veterans the opportunity to share their experiences from the DC Trips ... Thomas Pitman

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Darke County Veterans Services host annual Washington DC reunion dinner. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – Darke County Veterans Services held its annual reunion dinner for Darke County Veterans and spouses who have traveled on one of its annual four-day Washington DC trips for Darke County Veterans and spouses.

More than 100 veterans and spouses attended the event held at Greenville American Legion Post 140.

“We like to give our veterans the opportunity to share their experiences from the DC Trips we have taken and build that comradery with other veterans in the county,” said Darke County Veterans Service Director/DVSO, Thomas Pitman.

Darke County Veterans who have had the privilege of “Laying of the Wreath” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier took time to take a photo together and share fond memories of the event.

Darke County Veterans who have participated in wreath-laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Cindy Riffle photo)

“It was great to see veterans who have ‘laid the wreath’ get together and talk about laying the wreath and what it meant to them,” Pitman stated.

Past trips have taken included the White House, the US Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA); Air Force Memorial (Arlington, VA); Air and Space Museum (Chantilly, VA); Museum of the United States Marine Corps (Triangle, VA): National Museum of the United States Army (Fort Belvoir, VA); United States Navy Memorial (Washington DC) and WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial Vietnam Wall Memorial located in Washington DC.

On the return trip home the group visited the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum in Gettysburg, PA, and Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, PA.

Each day the group enjoyed meals at popular eating establishments in the DC area including Ledo Pizza, Five Guys, and Hard Rock Café.

(L-R) Outgoing DCVS President, Jack Sloat; Cindy Bruner, DCVS Administrative Assistant; and County Veterans Service Director/DVSO Thomas Pitman share a moment at annual DC reunion dinner. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Cindy Bruner, Administrative Assistant, and DCVS Commissioners Gaylen Blosser, Jim Kammer, and Scott Riffle hosted the dinner along with Pitman.