NEWBURYPORT — The annual Yankee Homecoming Veterans Luncheon will be served July 30 from noon to 2 p.m.
The luncheon, hosted by the Yankee Homecoming Committee, aims to bring veterans and their guests together to make new friends, provide resources, and acknowledge the service that veterans gave to the country, according to a press release.
The luncheon will be at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St. The event is also sponsored by Fairway Mortgage and the Sgt. Jordan Shay Memorial Foundation.
Newburyport Director of Veterans Services Kevin Hunt, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Vietnam, will kick off the luncheon with a few remarks.
Joan Clifford, director of Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, will be the master of ceremonies. Former Navy SEAL, Iraq veteran and Battle Grounds Coffee Co. co-owner Salvatore DeFranco will be the keynote speaker.
The guest of honor will be Navy veteran Douglas Bryant. He served in World War II as a submariner and later served in the Korean War, the Cold War and the Vietnam War before retiring from the military in 1967.
The USS Constitution color guard will present the colors.
The luncheon has been hosted during Yankee Homecoming for 12 years. Korean War veteran Frank Ventura founded the luncheon and continues to manage the event.
“Our veterans are our own national treasures,” said local resident and Yankee Homecoming Committee member Donald Jarvis. “Whether returning recently or during World War II, where our eldest veterans are from, we thank our veterans for their service and it’s our honor to host this luncheon for them.”
Guests can expect to enjoy Italian food from Giuseppe’s Fresh Pasta & Fine Food with both a meat and vegetable option, and assorted desserts.
Members of the community are encouraged to send a special thank-you message to veterans for the luncheon.
Organizers are seeking 15- to 20-second thank-you videos to be played at the luncheon. The organizers hope this will be a way for everyone to show their appreciation and thanks together. The videos can be filmed on cell phones and emailed to email@example.com.
For more information, email Veterans@yankeehomecoming.com.