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Veterans day breakfast in Brewer


(NEWS CENTER) --  Wednesday morning at 7 AM marked the annual Veterans Day Breakfast in Brewer.

Veterans who attended got all-you-can-eat pancakes free of charge. Other adults who attended the event paid $7…money that was donated to charity.

The turnout was tremendous. Committee chairman Jay Muth said, “every year that we've had this event, attendance has grown. This year we're expecting somewhere between seven to eight hundred people. And about 250 to 275 of those will typically be veterans.”

The Rotary club took on this breakfast as a way of giving back to Veterans who have given this country so much. Muth said, “this is our way of our club saying thank you to all the veteran's for all that they've done and sacrificed for this country.”

During the event, veterans spent time connecting with each other and recounting their pasts... Memories on display on each of their walking sticks.

These sticks held by hundreds of vets at the event, symbolizing their military experience. As veteran Michael Bernache described, “one military person can look at another military person and know where they've been, what they did, and who they are” because of the symbols on these sticks.

These walking sticks were just one way to recognize the veterans. Many wore their uniforms or hats to identify their service.

And for some, it was a family affair. Nine-year-old Colton White was one of the volunteers. He said, “my dad, he was in the navy for 4 years. He's cooking pancakes right now.” His dad, both a veteran and a volunteer for the event – said that he was “trying to teach [Colton] early on that community service is really important.”

And it is that service and kindness to veterans that is so necessary on this day. Bernache experienced some of this kindness even before the holiday. “My wife and I was at the Bangor mall yesterday and a gentleman spun me around on my heels and saw my hat and says 'you're a vet! I'm going to buy you and your wife lunch today." He said he was grateful for the kindness the community has shown him and other veterans.