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Over 200 attend LWC's annual Luncheon to Honor Veterans

Lindsey Wilson College honored area veterans on Friday, November 10, 2023, when it hosted the 21st Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. The heartfelt event was held at the Adair County VFW Post 6097 with more than 200 veterans and their families in attendance.

"The College and I are grateful for the relationship we share with the local VFW post," said LWC Dean of Students and luncheon coordinator Chris Schmidt. "Post Quartermaster Ronnie Holt and all the other women and men from this post continue to lead and make a difference in this community. They embody the spirit of service, honor and kindness. Today is about recognizing them for all they have done and continue to do."

The veterans enjoyed food provided by the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and Conference Center and LWC students and staff assisted veterans during the event.


Carrie Pendleton of Russell Springs, Kentucky, was one of 20 veterans selected in a drawing to receive a handmade, patriotic quilt from the Joyful Hearts Quilt Guild. Twelve members of the local quilt guild worked together over the past year to provide custom quilts for the veterans.

"It's nice to see the veterans all coming together," said Pendleton who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1997-2000. "I don't usually get the opportunity to attend many of these events because of work. It's nice to know that you can come back home and feel appreciated. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience to actually go and be a part of something better and bigger than yourself and it's so nice to be recognized for that."

The Veterans Appreciation Luncheon concluded with a performance from the Lindsey Wilson Singers under the direction of LWC Associate Professor of Music & Director of Choral Programs Gerald Chafin.

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This story was posted on 2023-11-11 08:28:04
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Lindsey Wilson College Singers at veterans luncheon



2023-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lindsey Wilson College Singers under the direction of LWC Associate Professor of Music & Director of Choral Programs Gerald Chafin perform for local veterans at the 21st Annual LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Friday.

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Carrie Pendleton won quilt at LWC Veterans Luncheon



2023-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
U.S. Air Force veteran Carrie Pendleton from Russell Springs, Kentucky, wins a handmade quilt provided by the Joyful Hearts Quilt Guild of Columbia at the 21st Annual LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. Over the past year, twelve members of the quilting guild customized 20 quilts in patriotic themes for a drawing at the luncheon on Friday.

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James Clark at LWC Veterans Luncheon



2023-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
James Clark of Columbia, Kentucky, was all smiles at the 21st Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Friday. More than 200 veterans and their family members were in attendance at the annual event hosted by Lindsey Wilson College.

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Friends gather at LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon



2023-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
From left: U.S. Army veterans Travis Giles, Tommy Corbin and Larry Burton from Columbia take part in the 21st Annual LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon held on Friday at VFW Post 6097. The three men served together in Vietnam.

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Handmade quilts from Joyful Hearts Quilt Guild



2023-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Drawing winners stand with their handmade quilts designed in patriotic themes by the Joyful Hearts Quilt Guild of Columbia. Twelve members of the quilting guild worked to provide the quilts especially for veterans in attendance at Friday's luncheon hosted by LWC.

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James Flowers in dress blues



2023-11-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
U.S. Army veteran James Flowers of Columbia used the special day to don his dress blues. Flowers, a retired artillery officer with the 18th Airborne served from 1971-1996 and is a member of VFW Post 6097. LWC held its annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Friday.

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Paul Milligan and Allison Hay at Veterans Luncheon



2023-11-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
VFW Post 6097 member Paul Milligan from Columbia, chats with human services and counseling senior Allison Hay from Munfordville, Kentucky on Friday at the 21st Annual LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. More than two dozen LWC students and staff volunteered their time on Friday to serve and visit the veterans at the meal.

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VFW Post 6097 members at Veterans Luncheon



2023-11-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Back row, from left: VFW Post 6097 members Orvis Grider, Ronnie Holt, Russell Lunsford and Ken Edwards. Front row, from left: LWC Dean of Students and luncheon coordinator Chris Schmidt; post members Joe Hare and Dick Scholl. More than 200 area veterans were in attendance at Friday's Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. This was the 21st year the Lindsey Wilson College has hosted the event.

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