BY MELANIE BUCK –
Several local businesses have joined together to serve Polk County Veterans an Appreciation Lunch on November 11, Veteran’s Day. The lunch, to be held at the Mena Train Depot, will be free to all veterans and their families.
The idea for the event came about when Dean & Cindy Boyd of Boyd Interiors, Frank & Nina Moore of 71 Diesel, Emily Schnell, and Larry Davis traveled to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment National Guard unit in Malvern and prepared a feast for the soldiers during a Change of Command ceremony. There was no special reason to cook for the troops; they just wanted to simply say ‘thank you for serving this country.’
The chefs enjoyed the day so much that they wanted to do it again. This time, they have incorporated the help of other local businesses to create a meal of award winning BBQ, complete with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and all the fixings.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., or until the food is gone at the Depot on the corner of Sherwood and DeQueen Streets.