I just want to take a moment to say how much I love to see when restaurants do something nice for our veterans. I saw some posts going around Facebook over the weekend for restaurants that were offering free meals for veterans today - Applebee's, Olive Garden, Chili's, Denny's, Golden Corral, Hooters and Texas Roudhouse were among those that I came across.
My friend, Jo-Ellyn Kelley, who owns J.J. Kelley's Pub and Restaurant in Lansing is a big military supporter. All over the walls of the place, you'll see banners from welcome home celebrations and photos of young men in uniform.
On Saturday, she had a celebration for the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Marines were invited to come by for a free meal and to enjoy cake. A local girl, Molly Roe, who has sang the National Anthem at U.S. Cellular Field, also sang that evening. She welcomed each of them on stage to give their name and when they served. They ranged from a 20-something veteran of the Iraq War to an 87-year-old World War II vet. What a wonderful evening!
The oldest vet in attendance, Richard Yavenue, cut the cake, which was then handed off to the youngest Marine.
The men thanked her with an American Eagle to hang in the bar. Thanks to all our veterans! And thanks to wonderful business owners like Jo-Ellyn who make sure they know how important they are to us.