Region 8 school wants to thank veterans with a free lunch

Region 8 school wants to thank veterans with a free lunch
Veterans are to be entertained at annual luncheon happening on Friday, November 4. (Source: Nettleton High School)
Veterans are to be entertained at annual luncheon happening on Friday, November 4. (Source: Nettleton High School)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Nettleton High School EAST students want area veterans, no matter what branch of service, to be their guest for lunch on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

"We love to host this event to honor, show respect and gratitude for all the veterans for the incredible sacrifices they have made for us," Jacelyn McDaniel, a member of NHS EAST, said. "We usually have a little USO show where we have a couple of dance team members do a dance and our choir will sing. Our band will play and we have a few people—myself included—who will sing a few songs from that era, from the wartime to get them really involved in it and take them back."

Veterans are asked to call the school to make a reservation for the luncheon. To RSVP for the event, call 870-910-7805, Ext. 264 or 259, 870-897-0020 or 870-530-1376.

"There's no charge. We wanted to make sure that everyone can go," Braelen Lee, a NHS freshman, said. "Our school cafeteria will be taking care of them. They will be making a meal for the veterans. Since we're around Thanksgiving, it's going to be a Thanksgiving type meal."

"Our theme this year is Operation Gratitude to show the honor that we really think the deserve," McDaniel said. "We are asking everybody to bring comfort items for care packages so that we can send to people who are fighting right now."

The care packages will go to deployed troops.

Veterans are encouraged to bring their memorabilia with them.

"We want as many people to come, that want to come," McDaniel said. "My grandfather comes every year and brings his friend. It's just so nice to sit down with them and people I don't know and hear the stories. This is probably the favorite thing that I do all year with EAST!"

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