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Free Dinner Served To Honor U.S. Military

Reported: Feb. 16, 2014 5:41 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 16, 2014 9:22 PM EST
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St. Albans, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- The Knights of Columbus held a spaghetti dinner Sunday at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in St. Albans.

"Our job is to help wherever we can,” Paul Niedbalski, with the group, said. “ And since it is Presidents Weekend, we thought this would be an appropriate time to honor the military."

Service members and veterans in uniform enjoyed a free spaghetti dinner while a discount was given to those with military IDs.

And many working the dinner actually served for the country themselves.

"For the bulk of my career I was in the infantry,” former Marine Fred Deissinger who, during his time in the military worked in more than 40 different countries, said.

On Sunday, active military members, like Major Michael Estep with the Army National Guard, said it was nice knowing that a community and retired military members are taking time out of their weekend for him and fellow soldiers.

"It's hard to put into words,” Estep said. “It gives you a nice fuzzy feeling knowing other people think about you."

For Deissinger, he's seen many people go through the military. He even recruited several people himself while serving in the Marines.

He said the military is a brotherhood that sometimes goes unrecognized, but on Sunday, fellow military members were feeling the appreciation.

"We hope that they take away that they're appreciated,” Niedbalski said. “Too often, our people in the military are taken for granted. Just like the police and firemen are taken for granted, until you need them."

And while we will always need our military, Deissinger has a message for the troops:

"Keep going and talk to younger guys into joining," he said

The Knights of Columbus said they plan to continue helping, not only military members, but the community as well. They said they hope to hold more events like Sunday’s in the future.



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