Dignitaries, legion members, veterans, family members and members of the community gathered at the Flesherton legion Branch 333 recently for their annual mess dinner recently.
After a delicious meal, names were call to come up to accept various awards. Among those were veterans receiving a special honour, receiving a Quilt of Valour.
Quilts of Valour are presented to past and current members of the Canadian Forces who have suffered physical or invisible injuries while serving in the military. Five such quilts were presented during the mess dinner. These quilts are hand made by volunteers through the Quilts of Valour Canada Society.
One other presentation was for the Sacrifice Medal. This was presented to Jake Golanch who served with the Grey and Simcoe Foresters out of Owen Sound. Jake served in Afghanistan in 2010 and since then has gone on to be a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Owen Sound. He was presented the medal by Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller and Commanding Officer of the Grey and Simcoe Forester Lieutenant-Colonel Shane McArthur.
Speaking about attending events such as the mess dinner for veterans MP Larry Miller expressed his gratitude.
"These veterans end up in some not so nice places. They deserve all the time and respect we can give them." Miller said.
The mess dinner is a yearly event put on to reflect on the accomplishments of the branch and it's members over the past year.