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Veterans from Charles County representing wars and conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq were feted during ďA Salute to Our VeteransĒ at the Bannister Neighborhood Associationís Senior Pioneer Luncheon held recently in conjunction with Memorial Day in St. Charles.

Each of the 13 veterans attending the luncheon spoke about his military experiences.

All expressed pride about serving and highlighted the honor they felt regarding contributions to the nationís security and ideals, according to a news release.

Several also explained the learning opportunities they gained during, after and because of their military service.

The fourth-grade choir from Eva Turner Elementary School performed patriotic songs, bringing tears to some eyes, the release states.

The veterans learned of the many services now available to them in the Southern Maryland area from Mike Moses, vice president of the Charles County Veterans Museum.

He also informed the attendees of vans available to transport them to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

It was welcome news to the veterans because some lack reliable transportation and others spoke of how parking is severely limited at the Districtís facility as it undergoes renovations, the release states.

Moses is also a member of the Charles County Disabled American Veterans DeMarr Chapter 36, and first vice president of the countyís National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter and chairman of its Veterans Affairs Committee.

Volunteering was promoted by Michael Hughes, who represented the Purple Heart Association.

He spoke of his years of donating time at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and how volunteering has enriched his life.

The veterans were served lunch, received gift cups, gift cards, note pads and pens, according to a news release.