Frank & Mary’s Holds Luncheon to Honor Area Veterans
By Kelly Cole
Beautiful weather on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and delectable food made the Veterans’ Day lunch buffet at Stevensville’s Frank & Mary’s Restaurant for the fifth year running. The purpose was to honor the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces.
Some years ago, Mary Grasmuck said that she and her husband, Frank, had been approached by an anonymous sponsor with the idea of hosting a lunch. At that time, the sponsor wanted to give back to all the veterans and felt that Frank & Mary’s was the perfect location. The Grasmucks jumped at the fantastic idea, but they wanted to be as much a part of the event as possible. Her father had served in the Navy and her brother had served in the Army during the Vietnam War, so participating in this grand gesture held special meaning for her.
The buffet has been set up each year so that veterans can come and eat free of charge. Each year, the Grasmucks outdo themselves with an impressive selection at the buffet. This year, they served biscuits and gravy, eggs, homefries, hamburgers, lasagna, sausage and peppers, a variety of salads and a meat tray from Dotti Lou Meats in Stevensville. If that weren’t enough to satisfy the appetites of the 150 or so veterans who attended on Tuesday, Pat Eberlin from Cakes by Pat in Laceyville supplied the event with four decadent cakes decorated in true American style.
Throughout the event, one could walk through the dining area and overhear bits and pieces of stories from different generations and different wars. Some had pictures, while one veteran, Gene Warshack, brought a yearbook from his training period in the Army at Fort Dix, NJ. He shared memories of the training and expressed a desire to know what happened to each of the men who trained with him.
Veterans’ Day is a holiday set to honor American veterans and the sacrifices they make for their country. The appreciation from each of the men and women who attended this luncheon was apparent, and the thanks they gave to everyone that volunteered today was heartfelt.