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.