Union Daily Times

Free hot dog plates served

UNION — Summer is a time for many things including grilling hot dogs and that’s just what Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 did in June serving up free hot dog plates.

Founded in 1978 and initially known as the Council of Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America is a veterans service organization made up of, and devoted to, Vietnam veterans. It currently has approximately 75,000 members and more than 500 chapters in the United States of America, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

One of those chapters is Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 of Union County whose members served up free hot dog plates on the afternoon of Saturday, June 23 at the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse in Union. The plates were served from noon-6 p.m. with diners gathering around the table inside the clubhouse to dine and socialize with each other and the members of Chapter 644 and Post 22. Children that accompanied their families to the event got to play on the post grounds.

The event featured a special guest in SC State Vietnam Veterans of America President Samuel T. Brick who was on hand to speak with local veterans and others in attendance.

VVA Chapter 644 President John Earl Smith said that “I was real pleased” about how the event turned out. Smith said that “everybody has given me compliments about it and that the food was real good. All the members were satisfied about how well it turned out. This is the first one we’ve done and so it was a learning experience and it is only going to get better because this is going to be a yearly event.”

Smith added that Brick had sent him a text praising the hospitality he was shown by the people of Union County during his visit.

Charles Warner | The Union Times American Legion Post 22 Commander John McKnight (left), Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 President John Earl Smith (center), and SC State Vietnam Veterans of America President Samuel T. Brick pose together for a picture. They were taking part in VVA Chapter 644’s hot dog cookout at Post 22’s Veterans Park Clubhouse in June.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_3876.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times American Legion Post 22 Commander John McKnight (left), Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 President John Earl Smith (center), and SC State Vietnam Veterans of America President Samuel T. Brick pose together for a picture. They were taking part in VVA Chapter 644’s hot dog cookout at Post 22’s Veterans Park Clubhouse in June.
Charles Warner | The Union Times SC State Vietnam Veterans of America President Samuel T. Brick (standing) talks to some of the diners enjoying the free hot dog plates served by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 on June 23 at the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_3868.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times SC State Vietnam Veterans of America President Samuel T. Brick (standing) talks to some of the diners enjoying the free hot dog plates served by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 on June 23 at the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse.
Charles Warner | The Union Times J.J. Thomas tosses the ball to Shirley Tucker in a game of Lacrosse played on the grounds of the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse while the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 grilled hot dogs and served up free hot dog plates.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_3874.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times J.J. Thomas tosses the ball to Shirley Tucker in a game of Lacrosse played on the grounds of the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse while the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 grilled hot dogs and served up free hot dog plates.
Charles Warner | The Union Times This is one of the many American flags that adorned the grounds of the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse on June 23 when the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 grilled hot dogs and served up free hot dog plates.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_3877.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This is one of the many American flags that adorned the grounds of the American Legion Post 22 Veterans Park Clubhouse on June 23 when the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644 grilled hot dogs and served up free hot dog plates.
By local Vietnam Veterans of America

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.