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Thumbs of the week

dfox • Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Thumbs up to all those who participated in Veterans Day activities this week, and a perpetual thumbs-up to all those who have fought for this country. Wilson County honored its veterans with a morning of activities including a parade and recognition ceremony. The county’s annual Veterans Day parade was the largest it has hosted, including numerous ROTC units from the local high schools, marching bands, and veterans from several wars, as well as other community organizations. Mt. Juliet Christian Academy held its annual Veterans Day Celebration and the program featured a notable Wounded Warrior spokesperson and local veterans supporter. The Mt. Juliet Christian Academy choir and band performed several pieces dedicated to the branches of the United States military, while receiving recognition for its continued support for veterans.  And the seventh annual Fallen Soldiers 32-mile Honor March was a success and continued to be one of the more unique ways to honor veterans and inspire patriotism. Marchers continued to make the journey from the Legislative Plaza in Downtown Nashville to the Wilson County Veterans Plaza, following a route on Highway 70.

Thumbs up to local aviation enthusiast John Baugh Jr., who was given a prestigious honor Saturday at the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame banquet. Baugh received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award. Baugh, 81, said he was surprised to learn he’d received the honor, which is awarded to pilots who “have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years,” according to information provided to the Democrat. “This award originated for mechanics,” he said. “But a few years ago it was expanded. I was shocked when I got the call.”

Thumbs up to the fifth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon to support the Wilson County Community Help Center. It  was a rousing success, according to organizers. Members of the Wilson County community came together to make more than 150 bowls, which were sold for $20 for the first bowl and $10 for each additional bowl.  

Thumbs up to the nearly 400 people who ate in, carried out or simply bought tickets to support Brooks House on Thursday night. The Brooks House mission is “to provide a safe, comfortable environment for women and children seeking shelter and connect them with resources to help change their lives.”  The support for Brooks House was evident Thursday evening as people packed the fellowship hall at College Hills Church of Christ to enjoy the old-fashioned spaghetti dinner prepared by Pete and Kelly Johnson. The kitchen at Brooks House is named “Pete’s Kitchen” after Johnson, who cooks at the shelter each Tuesday night.

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