The Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church once again hosted its Galt Veterans Memorial Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 7, with a complete meal of lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. Veterans were served free of charge, other guests were charged a nominal fee, proceeds of which go toward maintenance and enhancement of the Veterans Memorial at the Galt Cemetery. It has become an annual tradition for the veterans and their families here in Galt – a celebration of those who have fought side by side to ensure the freedoms Americans enjoy every day.

This year approximately 275 guests were served. Pastor Witcombe manned the take-out food area where many of the guests decided to get out of their cars and chat with others.

“The weather completely cooperated for us and people were so generous and gave to the Memorial Fund so that the Veterans Memorial at the cemetery can continue to keep updated and looking nice,” Toni Del Grande said.

LaVonne Riddlesberger organized the approximately 30 raffle gifts that were donated. According to Del Grande, the raffle brought in about $1,000 to go toward the memorial fund.

Gaining in popularity, guests began to arrive before the event started to make sure they got a good seat. Most of the guests made it an evening and stayed to 7 p.m. to talk with each other and catch up on old times.

The food was homemade from the Louis Pullen kitchen crew; Pullen just happens to be a veteran as well.

“This event means a lot to him,” Del Grande said.

Herman Grosshans, also a veteran, and wife Jonnie took the reins on this event many years ago to keep it going so veterans would not be forgotten, Del Grande said.

The K-8th grade students at the Galt Adventist School, where this event was held, also sang patriotic songs to the crowd.

“As a grandparent of three students at the school, it makes me feel good in knowing that the young really know what Veterans Day is all about, not just a holiday, but how important (it is) to know and interact with these veterans who come and attend this annual event and who have served for us,” Del Grande said. “It takes a community to care for each other.”