In no particular order are P.F.C. Leonard Peterson, Army; S.F.C. Anthony Smith, Army; S.F.C. John Kindred, Army; S.F.C. Raymond Smith, Army; Sgt. Demetreious Mathews, Army; Sgt. James Postal, Army; Staff Sgt. Ernest Spratley, Army; Staff Sgt. Edward Pierce; Staff Sgt. Maryland Pope, Army; Sgt. Jovan Stith, Army; Dale Marlin, Navy; Sgt. Jim Roberts, Marines. -- SIDNEY MOORE | TIDEWATER NEWS
In no particular order are P.F.C. Leonard Peterson, Army; S.F.C. Anthony Smith, Army; S.F.C. John Kindred, Army; S.F.C. Raymond Smith, Army; Sgt. Demetreious Mathews, Army; Sgt. James Postal, Army; Staff Sgt. Ernest Spratley, Army; Staff Sgt. Edward Pierce; Staff Sgt. Maryland Pope, Army; Sgt. Jovan Stith, Army; Dale Marlin, Navy; Sgt. Jim Roberts, Marines. -- SIDNEY MOORE | TIDEWATER NEWS

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Applebee’s honors vets

Published 10:45am Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SIDNEY MOORE/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
sidburgundy@gmail.com

FRANKLIN—The Applebee’s on Armory Drive in Franklin opened its doors for our veterans in a show of appreciation on Veterans Day. The restaurant put together a menu for veterans and allowed them to pick whatever entrée they wanted to eat, free of charge. This practice has been in effect for several years.

“I’ve been with Applebee’s for two years, but this is my third year participating for Veterans Day,” said John Peterson, manager. “It’s a good way that we can repay our veterans for their service to our country, and the only way we can do it as a corporation.”

Several of the veterans who visited spoke about what the day means to them.

“It’s a day when the old unit can come together and share old times and remember the sacrifices we made for the defense of this country,” said Sgt. Demetreious Mathews, Army.

“It makes one take pride in the service they’ve been through to assemble with some of the guys who share their experiences,” said Sgt. Jovan Stith, Airborne Division Army.

“It means a whole lot. I did 13 years in the Navy,” said Dale Marlin, who’s from a family of service members.

“Celebrating freedom,” said Sgt. First Class Raymond Smith, Army, on why he attends.

“It means honoring everyone who has served and worn the uniform for this country. It’s good that restaurants and companies recognize Veteran’s Day,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Pierce, Army. “And it was an honor for me to serve for 33 years.”

“This is for the men and women who served this country with honor. It makes me feel good, because everybody hasn’t been able to serve their country,” said Staff Sgt. Maryland Pope, Army.

  • happycamper

    I’m a vet myself, but my service pales in the light of those who served in WWII. Those brave souls are dwindling fast. I have made a practice of taking my young grandson (age 5) with me to a local restaurant on Veteran’s Day and looking for a WWII vet. Once I spy one, I approach him and ask if he served in WWII. If the answer is “yes”, I tell him (and his wife if she’s with him) that my grandson and I appreciate their service and we’d like to buy their meal. I always brings joy to my heart, and I hope I’m teaching my grandson to appreciate the service and sacrifice of those who paved the way for him.

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  • JDHowell

    Your country thanks you. Nice to see the celebration at a local level.

    As in my letter to the editor last week, I hope each veteran will look among their mementos and pictures and make copies to be included in the Southampton County Historical Society’s museum in Courtland. There are photo albums and displays for county veterans.

    Please offer your photo so you can be recognized.

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  • tlvsgod

    We salute each of you for service, on the behalf of the American People. To my brother Army SFC Anthony Smith, your labor of sacrifice will always be honored and remembered. Love your sister Teresia Smith.

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