by Carrie C. Causey
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Memorial Post 8466, Veteran of Foreign Wars, sponsored the eighth annual spaghetti and meatball dinner to celebrate the 238th birthday of the American Flag and the establishment of the “Continental Army,” which later became the U.S. Army, at The Border Restaurant Friday.
Approximately 300 area residents attended the dinner, with more than 250 meals served. Like any birthday party, it was complete with cake to celebrate.
Commander Bill Wilkinson said, “This year’s dinner exceeded our expectations.
The people attending the special dinner demonstrated the community’s appreciation for the world’s symbol of freedom and those who served or are serving in the country’s Army.”
All of the proceeds from the dinner are distributed to local Wounded Warriors and veteran programs planned to assist veterans cope with difficulties associated with the aftermath of combat.
The post also supports the United Service Organization at the Raleigh-Durham airport, which helps lift the spirit of service men and women and their families thanks to donations.
The dinner is one of the many methods to obtain funds to offer financial assistance to community veterans those in the armed forces.