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VFW post honors its supporters
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Forsyth County News
Members of Post 9143 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary honored local businesses and children at their annual banquet last week.

The post presented McCullough Manufacturing, CTI and Wilson Welding with plaques of appreciation for their support and patriotic service to the community.

“Our motto here is we honor the dead by helping the living,” said Post Commander Donald Hughes, who presented the awards Wednesday night.

“We do a lot for the community and in turn there are companies, corporations and individuals that do a lot for us. We’d just like to take a little time to recognize some of these people and provide them with an award.”

The post presented Otwell Middle School student Matthew Pirrello with a third place award for the Patriots Pen essay contest. His brother, John Andrew Pirrello, took second place.

The brothers are also members of Boy Scout Troop 39, which meets at the VFW. Scoutmaster John Pirrello, the boys’ father, said the troop will honor the Scouts with leadership awards on Monday.

Lana Urbina, who is home-schooled, finished first in the contest. Urbina has also won at the district level and came in second at the state competition.

Mary Singleton received a Voice of Democracy award, which is given to high schoolers. She was also presented with a check for $200.

Singleton explained a project she is working on called Treats for Troops.

“I basically make cakes ... and I bake them in a jar and send them to troops overseas,” she said. “The jar keeps the cake moister. And when troops receive them, they can shake the cake out of the jar and it’s equal to two cupcakes and they can use the jar to store things.”

Certificates were presented to members who recently took part in a CPR class. The post also recognized the Ladies Auxiliary for its success in a recent cancer aid fundraiser.

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