More than a Meal: Local Golden Corral honors military service members on Veterans Day

Service members and their family and friends standing in line at the Golden Corral on Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

In honor of former and active duty service members, many businesses across the nation took the time to show their appreciation on Wednesday.

And right here in Savannah– a local chain gave thanks to the everyday-heroes of our country by inviting them to grab a bite to eat–for free!

News 3’s Courtney Cole spent the evening with service members who say that the meal from Golden Corral not only left their stomachs full, but their hearts full, too!

Full of love and compassion for one another’s dedication to protecting our country.

“I’ve always wanted to serve for my country, ever since I was a little girl, I was watching the [Vietnam] war and I said–one day I’m going to be in the military,” said Joe Campbell, a 10-year-veteran of the Marine Corp.

And like Joe Campbell that was the dream of many who filled the seats and tables of the Golden Corral tonight–

“Veterans Day is something that I look forward to, because I think it’s something all veterans deserve…some type of recognition for what they’ve done–while they’ve served their country,” said Joshua J. Walker, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

And now they’re being honored for fulfilling their dreams and protecting us–so we could too!

“…The stories I just heard here tonight were incredible. It’s so nice, it kind of reminds me of being in the chow hall in the Marine Corp again,” Campbell said as she let out a nostalgic laugh.

But it was more than just a free meal for the men and women who call themselves brothers and sisters–

“The experience of it–you know it’s not just sitting down and eating a meal–and having the appreciation from the people in town that want to give us this meal. I really appreciate that. It’s also all the other people that we served with–and other branches that served. We all have this gratitude for one another and it’s like Thanksgiving for the whole month,” Campbell told News 3.

“It makes me feel good that somebody cares for us, even after we get out,” said John Ray, a Navy veteran.

And even those who didn’t serve were still eager to give thanks…as one young supporter told me, the world just wouldn’t be the same without them.

“Because it could save our world..Without soldiers, we wouldn’t be in good shape right now,” said Elizabeth Cole, the proud granddaughter of a Korea War veteran.

The manager of the Oglethorpe Mall location tells me Golden Corral has been holding “Military Appreciation Day” for 10 years–hosting more than 1,000 guests–and raising more than $1,000,000 to donate to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

 

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