Ron Borngesser, director of the Veterans Corner at the Austintown Senior Center is preparing for a special night on Sept. 18 that will honor veterans. The event is called Pin-A-Vet and is geared toward bringing veterans together for a meal and conversation.
"Pin-A-Vet is for veterans, their friends, and their families," Borngesser said. "We will welcome all veterans that night."
He said the event is being sponsored by Crossroads Hospice, who wanted to do something special to honor veterans. The hospice contacted Borngesser and helped put together the event.
Veterans and families that plan to attend are asked to register ahead of time by calling Borngesser at 330-270-9780 or the Senior Center at 330-953-1416. The veteran will need to fill out a card with his rank, date he entered the military, date he left the service, branch of service and where he was stationed. The cards will be used to introduce each veteran in a ceremony where they will be issued a U.S. flag pin and a citation of service.
The veterans and their family and friends will then be treated to a meal including dessert. Borngesser said all military veterans are being asked to wear a cap designating their military affiliation.
"We are hoping to make this an annual event," Borngesser said.
A special part of the evening will include the announcement of the veteran and family who will receive the Habitat for Humanity house to be built on New Road in Austintown. Borngesser said he has been notified by the county that the property will be released next month and will be lien free.
The groundbreaking is expected to happen next March.
"As soon as we get the deed, Habitat for Humanity will begin preparations for construction next year," Borngesser said.
Originally, there were 14 families applying for the home. Each family had a veteran breadwinner in it.