JONESVILLE — While the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedies is more than a week away, leaders at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center are planning a time to honor the area’s heroes Thursday morning.
The celebration, which is planned for 10:30 a.m. and includes lunch, does require a reservation by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and is designed to honor those in the area who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, police, firefighters and all first responders.
The event will feature a performance by the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus from Fort Bragg.
“Tracey Anderson, nutrition site manager, heard the 82nd Airborne chorus at her high school, and we were trying to think of a program to have for 9/11,” said Jennifer Hemric, director of the Yadkin Valley Senior Center. “She invited them about three months ago to attend, and they called back last week and confirmed.”
The choir will be providing its own travel and place to stay, and a myriad of lunch offerings have been donated from area restaurants, church groups and Veterans of Foreign War groups, Hemric said.
“This is a free event for the community. It’s free food, and we’ve involved all the local VFWs,” she said.
The plan is to hold the event at the senior center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville, but if the number of RSVPs is high enough, then it could be moved to Lila Swaim Park. Hemric said someone will be at the center to direct people to the park if that scenario occurs.
The program will mostly involve just the performance by the choir, but Hemric said Jonesville Mayor Gene Pardue also will be on hand to welcome everyone and the center will be giving out goody bags to the veterans in attendance.
The senior center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provides a number of activities to those who want to participate such as exercise classes, quilting, crocheting, knitting, line dancing, bingo, cornhole and more. Each day, the center sees about 30 to 40 people participating, and there are 12 to 15 each day who take part in the nutrition site lunch, which typically includes an educational program provided by a nursing home, pharmacy or other group.
Hemric said once a month a special arts and crafts program is held, sponsoring by the Yadkin County Arts Council.
Those interested in attending Thursday’s program should call 336-526-1087 to RSVP by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.