About 85 people were in attendance at the HLRW/American Legion Veteran’s Day Picnic held on November 11, 2014 at 11am. Festivities were moved indoors due to the cold weather. The American Legion Post generously opened their doors to the event. Veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf Wars were present and each veteran was introduced and told what branch of the service he served. Major General Don Ecklebarger and Rear Admiral Al Kelln were featured speakers. Music was provided by Miss Delaney Wingrove and the Llano Junior High Band. Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings were served to all in attendance.
Presentations of five Quilts of Valor were made by the Texas Hills Quilters. The first recipient was Jolene Hawkins, retiring President of Highland Lakes Republican Women and an Army Veteran. Quilts were also awarded to Major General Ecklebarger and Rear Admiral Al Kelln. And, two more were given to two WWII veterans plus a third WWII Veteran who was not in attendance.
At the close of the program, a raffle was held to award a hunting themed quilt to raise funds for the Inks Ranch Wounded Warrior Hunting Cabin. The raffle chairperson reported that they raised over $400 for the cause and will use the money to purchase household goods to furnish and equip the cabin. This cabin is available to Wounded Warriors to use at no cost to them so they can hunt whenever they wish.
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October 18 was Llano County’s annual Heritage Days celebration. Highland Lakes Republican Women were on hand to greet voters and handed out home made cookies and water to attendees. Pictured above are Dolores Klussmann and Susie Sitton in front with Debbie Alexander, Jolene Hawkins and Charlotte Hewett in background.