Randy Keho en US Military Veterans, Veterans: To Honor, beBee in English On Site Coordinator • Aramark Uniform Services 3/7/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +800

Down on the Corner: Veterans - a Star - and Oatmeal

Down on the Corner: Veterans - a Star - and OatmealDown on the Corner: Veterans - a Star - and OatmealA funny thing happened on my way to the store to buy some oatmeal. I came across a pair of Vietnam veterans. God, I love my hometown.

The flags immediately drew my attention as I drove by, so I had to investigate. I found out they were members of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America -- chapter #864.

They're selling raffle tickets to support their organization. For $5, I was provided with a chance to win $500, which is first prize. I also have a shot at 12 other prizes, consisting of fresh meat or restaurant gift cards. The drawing will be held at a "Bowl for Freedom" event on Aug. 20.

They're calling it "The Lucky 13 Meat and Eat" raffle. If you live in the Midwest, especially northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin, meat raffles are the equivalent to church bingo games -- they're a religion. They draw a crowd. They're often held in the bar area of small town bowling alleys or in corner taps. They're a hoot! For $1, they give you a paint stick with a number on it. They spin a wheel with all the numbers on it and, if your number comes up, you win! And it's not just hot dogs and hamburger, either. They're nice cuts of meat.

They're getting the meat from Pinnon's Meat Market, as pictured. The meat market and I go way back. It was just down the street from my parent's house. Rick Pinnon, who used to own the market, was a butcher at the neighborhood grocery store I worked at during high school. He sold it to three brothers, who's father was our mailman -- long before we had to start referring to them as mail carriers. The eldest son and I used to bowl in the same league. There's not much else to do when the cold winds begin to blow, followed by the ice and snow.

I didn't pay much attention to the star they handed me for buying a ticket. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed a business card on the backside of the star. The card reads:

"I am part of our American flag that has flown in the U.S.A I can no longer fly since the sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and worn. Please carry me as a reminder of the privilege that is yours to live in the great nation which I was privileged to fly over."

Your damn right I will! It's in my wallet. By the way, I forgot all about the damn oatmeal. 



Kevin Pashuk 4/7/2016 · #6

A great tribute @Randy Keho. Happy 4th of July to all my U.S.A. friends... and you know who you are.

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Meaningful buzz @Randy Keho. A great tribute, as well. I like to think this happens a lot in America.

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@Randy Keho: The reason for the whole thing....those last few lines, "I am part of our American flag that has flown in the U.S.A I can no longer fly since the sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and worn. Please carry me as a reminder of the privilege that is yours to live in the great nation which I was privileged to fly over." ... they remind me once again that we need to keep honoring and serving Those Who Gave for their Countries. It's a bond, a clear and foggy belt that holds two souls together with the team and the comrades, the wind and the sky. Let us never forget. Thank you, Randy. A great tribute. 👍

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Don 🐝 Kerr 3/7/2016 · #3

Meat and Eat. Love it. Charming, meaningful post @Randy Keho Happy 4th!

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Charlene Burke 3/7/2016 · #2

What a grand experience. I don't have a hometown and love reading the experiences of those who do. You know the history of the butcher shop, the Meat and Eat Raffle (what a hoot) and more. While I may not have a hometown, I do know Small Town, USA and I do love my country - the USA - and would be honored to have received a star from a previously flying flag. What a great exchange for a single $1. Oh, and I hope you win the raffle!

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Gerald Hecht 3/7/2016 · #1

@Randy Keho bingo (and the pun really was unintended)! That is so cool! It's funny how some of the most important moments in life seem to just happen, when you go fill up the tank, or pick stuff up from the store --probably because that's where life is happening...good 'un!

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