2016-12-01 / News

At the St. Ignace VFW, Volunteers Share A Thanksgiving Feast With Veterans, Community Members


Bob Narregan (from left), Steve Weurdine, and Deborah Weurdine, all family members of Green Beret James Narregan, with James Kelly, and John Maciok. Bob Narregan (from left), Steve Weurdine, and Deborah Weurdine, all family members of Green Beret James Narregan, with James Kelly, and John Maciok. Roasted turkey, fresh rolls, and home baked pies were among the dishes that filled the St. Ignace VFW hall Thursday, November 24, as members and volunteers prepared to feed 50 to 100 veterans, their families, and other community members.

The VFW Post 5114, at 1110 North State Street, was established in 1972 and today there are an estimated 88 members and 15 to 20 women in the volunteer group. The post has just had a new sign installed.

These veterans and volunteers do not charge for this beautiful Thanksgiving feast. Donations are accepted, but not expected, and not only do they cook and serve the dinner, they also deliver meals to area veterans and community members who cannot make the trip to the VFW Post.

As I talked to the Commander of the Post, David Schlehuber, as well as other veterans and families of veterans, I was moved by their stories and their heartfelt love and pride for those who served our country. Here were these dedicated people still giving of themselves and serving others.


Showing off the newly installed sign at the VFW Post are (from left) SSgt. William “Bill” Borland, U.S. Army, Retired; Commander of VFW Post 5114, AK5 David Schlehuber U.S. Navy, Retired; Gunnery Sgt. Lee Marshall, U.S. Marines, Retired, and son of the late E3 Dennis Lepire, U.S. Army, Dennis Lepire, Jr. Showing off the newly installed sign at the VFW Post are (from left) SSgt. William “Bill” Borland, U.S. Army, Retired; Commander of VFW Post 5114, AK5 David Schlehuber U.S. Navy, Retired; Gunnery Sgt. Lee Marshall, U.S. Marines, Retired, and son of the late E3 Dennis Lepire, U.S. Army, Dennis Lepire, Jr. Many people gathered that day to talk and visit. It’s a place where people are friendly and most are long familiar with each other. Many conversations take place over old family photographs and snapshots of members and former members gathering over the years, sealed into the top of the bar.

As I watched them set tables, prepare the dinner, and welcome guests and members, I realized I was not just watching men and women serving dinner to their community, I was watching a band of brothers and sisters, strengthening each other, standing together, who had served this country with honor and distinction.


Angela Kinney, daughter of late St. Ignace World War II veteran Daniel Hough. Angela Kinney, daughter of late St. Ignace World War II veteran Daniel Hough. To all who served on foreign shores, or who volunteered here at home, “Thank You” just does not seem like enough today, but I left the VFW Post feeling honored to have heard their stories. Happy Thanksgiving.



Part of the volunteer group are (from left) Carol Litzner, Mary Pat Chingwa, Paula Garries, Kathy Schlehuber, Megan Kromer, and her sons Gabriel Kromer, (in front) Derby Kromer. Part of the volunteer group are (from left) Carol Litzner, Mary Pat Chingwa, Paula Garries, Kathy Schlehuber, Megan Kromer, and her sons Gabriel Kromer, (in front) Derby Kromer.

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