WELLSBURG – After a two-year hiatus spurred by the pandemic, members of the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation are pleased to announce that their annual dinner dance will return May 7 at Wellsburg Banquet Hall and they will once again honor a veteran local military.
The recipient of the group’s Veteran of the Year award will be Hartzel Brady of Follansbee, who served in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1968.
For his service overseas, Brady was awarded the Army Medal, Veterans Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
The group noted that Brady had worked to help and honor fellow veterans as a member of the Vietnam Veterans Support Group and the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Team.
As a finance officer and member of the latter group for 15 years, Brady joined others in presenting military honors at the funerals of many area veterans and in offering rifle salutes at local Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.
He is also a member of the Follansbee American Legion Post 45, serving as Commander, Vice Commander, and Recording Secretary; veterans of foreign wars and disabled American veterans.
Brady will receive the award during the dinner dance, which will include food provided by St. Francis Center staff and music by Easy Street.
Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the ball will be from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
Tickets are $35 each and reservations must be made by Monday by calling (304) 737-1236.
The event sponsors are Reasner Funeral Home and Chambers and James Funeral Homes.
“We are very happy to come back” said Janice McFadden, who leads the foundation and is director of Brooke Hills Park, which houses the memorial to Brooke County residents who died while serving in the military and those missing in action.
McFadden noted that the event began in 2009, with the first Veteran of the Year being awarded to the late John Chernenko, a former World War II veteran who supported the development of the memorial and helped other prisoners of war and other veterans.
Donna Sullivan, a member of the foundation, noted that the dinner dance will be followed shortly after by the foundation’s Memorial Day service.
It will take place at 1 p.m. on May 30 at The Foundry, formerly known as Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.
On such occasions in recent years, the group has recognized local families with several siblings who were veterans.
This year, the Boni and Salatino families will be honored.