Tom Blake, right, sings a patriotic song Friday night during the Veteran’s Memorial Dinner and Dance at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
Friday night’s Veterans Memorial Dinner and Dance at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center drew veterans of all ages and their families and supporters.
Bob Power and Nicole Vargas organized the oversold event. Dennis Kintigh introduced the guests.
Speakers included Eric Espinoza of U.S. House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program, Mayor Del Jurney, Vargas and Power. Jurney offered a special thanks for the men and women “who fought the good fight and didn’t come home.”
“Veterans Day is a time that touches our hearts,” Jurney said.
“I hope that, because of our veterans, we always have the opportunity to say we are one nation under God.”
Espinoza spoke about his greatest accomplishment of taking 25 soldiers to war and bringing them home. “Regardless of where we served, we have a sense of camaraderie. We can relate to each other.”
Vargas thanked all veterans. “You guys are heroes.”
Power said the group hopes to make the dinner and dance an annual event, and possibly expand it to include first responders.