Franklin County Veterans Day gatherings set this weekend

by Nicole Stokes

Franklin Countians will mark the national observance of Veterans Day with two local programs planned this week.

On Friday, Nov. 11, a chili luncheon and cook-off will be held at Franklin County High School in Meadville.

The gathering will be open to any local military service veteran or current service member, and will be held starting at 12:15 p.m., in the high school library.

Organizers said the chili luncheon seeks to honor veterans and foster a time of fun and fellowship.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 12, the annual county-wide Veterans Day observance will be held beginning at 10 a.m., along Railroad Avenue in downtown Bude.

The patriotic-themed outdoor event will feature music from the Pride of Franklin County Marching Band, Larry Wallace, the Landmark Trio and Sweet Home Baptist Church.

Speakers for Saturday’s program are scheduled to include District 85 state Rep. Jeffrey Harness, D-Fayette, and Franklin County Veteran Service Officer Grady Fleming.

The program will also feature an open microphone for any veteran in attendance to share his or her personal stories and service recollections if he or she desires to speak.

Sullivan’s Kitchen of Meadville will serve catfish lunch plates to the veterans and those participating in Saturday’s program, which is being organized by the Bude Committee.