In recognition of Veterans Day, a local church held its annual Galt Veterans Memorial Benefit Lasagna Dinner, and a charitable organization made two donations to honor former servicemembers.

Community members gathered at Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church on Nov. 10 to share dinner while patriotic songs played, and a long table was filled with raffle prizes. Students from the church’s school sang the national anthem for the attendees.

The proceeds from the dinner go to the Galt-Arno Cemetery District for the upkeep of its veterans memorial.

Organizer Toni Del Grande said she puts the event together to ensure veterans are adequately recognized.

“They don’t get enough recognition,” she told the Herald. “And we’ve got to support them, let people know that we care about them.”

The nonprofit A-Z Foundation donated $1,000 to the effort.

“This is a great way to honor all of the veterans,” Galt Mayor Shawn Farmer said after the donation was announced. He noted the recent election, saying, “We wouldn’t have things like that if it wasn’t for you people serving our country and keeping our country free to be able to have democracy that way, so thank you to everybody here that’s a veteran.”

A-Z Foundation also donated $350 to the cemetery district, which recently launched a fundraiser for a local edition of Wreaths Across America, an event in which wreaths are placed at the graves of veterans. The donation is enough to sponsor around 23 wreaths. For more information about the fundraiser, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org/cagalt.