Central Crossing celebrates Veterans Day with special event

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The house was packed at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob last week, when at least 100 guests showed up to celebrate Veterans Day and pay homage and respect to veterans, and enjoy a nice meal and fellowship for the special occasion. Contributed photo

The Central Crossing Senior Center recently celebrated Veterans Day with an event to honor veterans.

About 100 hungry patriots showed up to help the center celebrate one day early. Participants, including veterans, were treated to a special program honoring all veterans living and deceased. Hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue ribs were served, along with all the fixings and desert cake with ice cream.

Jeff Harp, chief publicity officer for the center, introduced a special way of honoring all veterans, particularly those who were and are close to members. For a donation, names of veterans can be inscribed on an Honorary Veterans Board which is currently on display at the center in the Arvest Room.

Jerry Arnold, ceo/coo for the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob, takes a break at the center's Veterans Day event to visit with Uncle Sam. Contributed photo

Sara Patterson, former center administrator, organized a patriotic audio visual that was featured at the event.

Additionally, past administrator, OJ Thompson purchased the walnut Veterans Honor plaque in honor of the veterans. Despite the fact that Thompson and wife, Christine, now live in the Springfield/Ozark area, he has continued to be a faithful supporter of the center in many ways.

The center would like to thank Thompson, Patterson, all who participated in the event, and extend a heart-felt thank you to all veterans.

Jeff Harp, chief publicity officer, holds a walnut Veterans Honor plaque purchased by OJ Thompson, past center administrator, in honor of veterans. Contributed photo