Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 10, 2013

Dinner honors veterans

GLASGOW — No matter which branch of the military or during which years or whether or not they ever had the fate of being engaged in combat, the dozens of past and present veterans who attended a dinner in their honor Sunday had one thing in common: a willingness to put their lives on the line for their country.

“Every day, they put on their uniforms and lay down their lives for each of us,” retired Army Col. James M. Drake, the evening’s guest speaker would note.

Having a dinner for veterans as part of the commemoration of the Veterans Day holiday has been happening in Barren County 35 years.

As each person who has served in the military signed in Sunday before entering the gymnasium at the National Guard Armory in Glasgow, he or she received a small pocket knife fashioned within a piece of ammunition -- .45-caliber shells for officers and a 7.62 rifle round for enlisted members of the service.

Once inside, Charles “Bear” Logsdon, who served in Vietnam in the Army from 1967 to 1970, was making some rounds and chatting, taking advantage of a special opportunity at what he believed was his fifth such dinner.

He usually sees several others who fought in that war at the event, he said, as the Glasgow Community Band played patriotic tunes in the background.

“[The dinner] kind of makes you feel more open to relate to the other people who were in war time like I was,” Logsdon said. “So many veterans are so closed up about what happened to them on the battlefield. … An event like this is like meeting your brothers and sisters that fought in the same war, and it’s like a reunion.

“We all fought for the same cause – for a freer America.”

Logsdon said he got his nickname “because I’m big and I’ve got a big heart and a whole lot of love for my country.”

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