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Community Thanksgiving brings vets, holiday, community unity



Veterans and all rise for the Star-Spangled Banner Nov. 16 at CrossPointe Fellowship, where a  chorus from Anna Maria Elementary School performs. In the front row is World War II veteran Jim Kissick and behind him are Kit Redeker and her veteran husband Dale Redeker. There was entertainment, a barbecue lunch, refreshments, games for kids, speeches and recognition for military veterans. More photos, page 18-19. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy





Members of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Legion Post 24 Honor Guard present the colors for the military branches. In the background are games for kids and volunteers cooking lunch.



Sam Howells, a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, read his letter to American veterans on stage for the crowd gathered at CrossPointe Fellow-ship to recognize veterans on Unity Day, Nov. 16.



Sharon Lee Ruckle performs a patriotic song on Unity Day, Nov. 16, at CrossPointe Fellowship following the posting of the colors by the American Legion honor guard.



Jackie Jordan, teacher, military veteran and mom to Gregory, speaks to the audience gathered for Unity Day.



The large U.S. flag posted at the Nov. 16 unity event was created by students at Anna Maria Elementary and includes the handprint of every student at AME.














A random selection of cards created at the event for veterans and for the “thankful” wall. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

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