The Rotary Club of Longboat Key thanked veterans Nov. 11.
In observance of Veterans Day, the club invited Longboat Key veterans to join them for a luncheon in the Harbourside Ballroom on Sunday afternoon.
More than 200 veterans attended and heard two guest speakers – Brigadier General Scott Wuesthoff, retired from the Air Force, and Command Chaplain of the U.S. Army. Eric Albertson.
Before the program began, Rotary President Susan McGuire welcomed the crowd. She said that despite the change in program – the club previously presented a parade in honor of Veterans Day – the admiration and respect the club members hold for veterans remains the same.
And the veterans appreciated the luncheon. too.
“It’s nice to be recognized and talk about service and remember the veterans who didn’t return home,” Geri Veshosky, a veteran said. “It’s a good time of year to think about it.”
The Choral Artists of Sarasota performed after lunch and led the attendees in singing each of the military service songs.