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All Veterans BBQ picnic set for August 18 in Northwood

Family BBQ set for August 18th at Swensrud Park, Northwood, IA –

From Chapter 790 President Jerry Parmley of Vietnam Veterans of America –

“Thank You” and “Welcome Home” – simple words that mean so much to servicemen of all eras…to be shown respect and to be appreciated for their sacrifices in the line of duty, for serving their country — no matter when they served, no matter where. Age makes no difference in this common bond.

Chapter 790 President Jerry Parmley of Vietnam Veterans of America is inviting all veterans, of all eras, to 9th annual All Veterans BBQ picnic on Saturday, August 18th at 1:00 o’clock at Swensrud Park in Northwood, Iowa to honor servicemen from around the region. He has seen this event grow larger every year as word of the social event has spread among veterans over the past years. “Bringing veterans of all branches of service from all eras together is what this event is all about.” quoted Parmley. We encourage each veteran to bring new veterans along to enjoy the commradre among all the age groups. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon.

Sponsoring the picnic is the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 790, comprised of veterans from all branches of service living in Northern Iowa & Southern Minnesota. V.V.A. chapter members will host this 9th annual picnic at Swensrud Park with serving to start at 1:00pm in the traditional “American Style” …. Grilling up the burgers, bratz, add some sloppy joes, shucking fresh picked sweet corn, dishing up the potato salad and of course, serving lots of ice cold lemonade. “We always make room for a tremendous variety of side dishes, salads, or desserts that most folks bring to share …especially the desserts!” Jerry grins.

Back by popular request is the antique steam tractor cooking up the fresh sweet corn…other great entertainment will be rockin to the oldies band featuring Larry Weberg and Darrel Amundson … also come early to check out silent auction and door prize give-aways. All family members and guests of veterans are encouraged to attend also. He said supporting one another is key….this year the Vietnam Veterans will be honoring Korean veterans on their 60th anniversary.

Swensrud Park is located directly behind the business district on main street of Northwood and along the river. Contact Jerry or Linda Parmley at (641) 293-5131 for travel questions. Good idea to bring lawn chairs.

“Spread the word about the BBQ among your veteran buddies … & shake the hand of every veteran you meet today…tell them how much you appreciate the sacrifices they made, as well as by their loved ones, to protect and serve our country”.

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