Fulton VFW Men's Auxiliary to host brunch to benefit Honor Flight

Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or even a chance at a new barbecue grill, the Fulton VFW wants you to help honor America's service people.

The Fulton VFW Men's Auxiliary will host a brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at 505 Collier Lane to benefit Central Missouri Honor Flight, the group that flies veterans from World War Two and later conflicts to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials there dedicated to them.

For a suggested $10 donation, guests will be treated to helpings of what VFW member Larry Underwood calls "a little bit of everything:" chicken, fish, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and more.

Underwood said that the food is furnished by Maupin Funeral Home, so 100 percent of proceeds from food sold or contributions taken at the door will go to the Honor Flight.

"It's just one of the better programs that people have got going in this country, and it shows the veterans that we think a lot of them," Underwood said. "It's just a way of telling the veterans that we did appreciate what they did."

In addition to serving food, the auxiliary will also raffle off a barbecue grill donated by Maupin. The raffle will be held the day of the brunch, and tickets can be bought in advance at six for $5 at the post.

Underwood said that there was no set goal for the fundraiser, but he hoped for a good turnout of hungry — and generous — guests.

"Anything we can raise in these times is pretty good, that's just the way it is," he said. "We ask people to support the VFW in a lot of different ways and we appreciate it all, because if it wasn't for the people of Fulton being so generous, the VFW couldn't do what we're doing."

Whatever the VFW's contribution may be, it will add to the $2 million Central Missouri Honor Flight has raised in the region to help Mid-Missouri veterans fly out to the nation's capital, according to Callaway County commissioner and frequent Honor Flight volunteer Doc Kritzer.

The branch's 27th flight leaves and returns leaves Tuesday, May 13, with about 70 veterans and Honor Flight guardians and staff, Kritzer said. The next flight after that leaves June 9.

Those interested in attending a flight as a veteran or volunteer can download an application at centralmissourihonorflight.com or contact Kritzer at (573) 220-3536. WWII veterans receive priority placement and flights are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

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