By John Anderson
Last Saturday, Auburn veterans were treated to a complimentary picnic at Veteran’s Park on Prospect St. adjacent to the Purple Heart Memorial. The Auburn Veteran’s Advisory Committee organized the event and enlisted volunteers and donations. Fran Bujnowski ran the event and reported to the Board of Selectmen earlier this week.
He said attendance was lower than hoped, but notice was short. 70-80 veterans were present, and the event was a good learning experience for the committee. He expects a larger turnout in the future and knows how to make it happen.
Waiting to assist were scouts and leaders from Auburn Troop 121. They did anything asked and gave veterans stars cut out from American Flags that were being retired. Rumor has it they also ate a couple of hot dogs and hamburgs as well as root beer floats.
Local Vietnam Veteran Dean Stevens brought his trailer mounted Worcester County Vietnam Veterans Wall which list servicemen who served between 1959 and 1975. Also noted are those who were killed in action or who are still missing. Chapter 554 of the Vietnam Veterans of America adorned the trailer with the American and service branch flags.
Donors listed at the event included Park ‘n Shop, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Friendly’s, The Edge ‘Diner, Price Chopper, Shaw’s, The Vietnam Vets for the Community, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chuck’s Steakhouse, Richard Langevin, The Bujnowski and Pietrewicz Families, Wayne Page, Chapter 554 Vietnam Vets, McDonalds, and the Chester P. Tuttle Post American Legion.
This event will hopefully become an annual event and a great time for Auburn’s veterans to show their camaraderie, enjoy some good food, and feel the appreciation Auburn has for their service.