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Heroes night dinner planned for next weekend

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

Last year, the patriotism and generosity of community members enabled WC Challenger Charities – in partnership with 1,000 Miles Till Home – to donate four homes to wounded veterans through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.

This year, organizers hope to donate another.

Welcome Home

WELCOME HOME – Chico resident Troy Thornton gets a warm welcome home from his wife, Dorothy, and other members of the Wise County Veterans Group Thursday after a four-day trip back to the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, where he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Thornton was 18 when he drove a landing craft bringing U.S. Marines to the beach on Feb. 19, 1945. The 36-day battle cost the lives of 6,800 U.S. military personnel and resulted in 27 Congressional Medals of Honor. The group returned to D/FW Airport Thursday morning. Messenger photo by Bob Buckel

Organizers of the campaign on Friday said that $5,500 of the $20,000 had been raised, and they hope to close in on their goal during the 2nd Annual Military Warrior Heroes Night.

The barbecue dinner fundraiser is Saturday, March 29, at First Baptist Church in Decatur.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6.

There will be a live auction and music.

Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of Military Warriors Support Foundation, will be present. He is a former deputy commander of the 49th Armored Division of the U.S. Army and former Commander of the Texas State Guard.

There is no cost to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make a financial contribution at the end of the program.

Seating for the dinner is limited. RSVP by calling Bree at 940-627-3235.

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