Among the veterans who arrived on motorcycle for the Thank a Vet BBQ in Holderness were, from left, Zeany Morrison and Paul Mason of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club, which is made up of former military law enforcement veterans, and "King Sol" of the U.S. Marines Leathernecks Motorcycle Club. (LARISSA MULKERN)
Helping of gratitude fills day in Holderness
More than 60 military service veterans turned out to enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers and ice cream, but it was the heaping helpings of gratitude that filled the day.
“The sponsored Thank A Vet BBQ gives pause to recognize our veterans, our heroes of freedom and liberty. For a few hours we gather as civilians, fellow veterans, military families and those who support the cause of freedom, to pay tribute to the sacrifice given for this country to remain free,” Wilkins said.
CVA members distributed literature about the organization, signed up new members who received a T-shirt with the organization’s logo. Guests included state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith; Gold Star Mother of U.S. Navy Seal Daniel Healy, Natalie Healy of Exeter; and CVA member Amber Barno who serves as military adviser to CVA and a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The national crisis over the long waits for care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals was on many minds.
James McConnell, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., New Hampshire State Council, and field director for the Smith for U.S. Senate campaign, agreed with that sentiment.
Some veterans attending arrived on motorcycle at the picturesque Fish and Game Club, taking in a nice ride through the Lakes Region.
He sat with fellow riders Zeany Morrison and Paul Mason who belong to the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club, which is made up of former military law enforcement veterans.
Outside, Pemigewasset Fish and Game Club member and Director Skip Maloney donned his apron and manned the grill.
“I have a blast doing this,” said Maloney, an Army veteran.