DeWitt residents gathered at their Veterans of Foreign Wars post for a community steak dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Post Commander John Williams said love was in the air.
“Basically everybody here is married and has sweethearts and everything like that, so we figured in having a nice dinner for everybody,” said Williams. “We figured they’d enjoy it, so they didn’t have to do any cooking at home.”
People made their way to the hall for small talk and a medium-rare steak.
For volunteer Evelyn Powell, this was unexpected and just as memorable as the post’s other events.
“We normally do a fish fry, but there was a shortage of fish. People can’t get fish,” said Powell. “There’s people that come in (and say) ‘oh, I haven’t seen you in forever.’ Once in a while, they have a local band on a Friday night and then you end up meeting or reconnecting with people you haven’t seen in a long time.”
Powell’s husband, Terry Powell, also found the power in small community events like this Valentine’s dinner.
“We need them. It’s nice to get the community in here because most VFWs are struggling bad,” said Terry Powell. He has been an auxiliary member for more than 20 years. “If it wasn’t for our can drive that they have here, these doors could possibly shut. This is a nice little place.”
While members are worried about the post, that didn’t stop them from having an evening full of good food and smiles.
“We always try and do whatever we can in the community,” said Williams. “We’re making a bond here to keep the whole thing altogether.”