Rotary honors veterans

Professional re-enactors attend as George, Martha Washington

Sentinel photo by KIERNAN M. SCHALK Professional re-enactors Sam Davis, right, and Alisa Dupuy came as Gen. George Washington and his wife, Martha, during Friday’s Rotary Club of Lewistown Veterans Day banquet.

LEWISTOWN — The Rotary Club of Lewistown honored servicemen and servicewomen during its Veterans Day celebration on Friday at Rec Park Community Center.

Rotarians invited veterans to the banquet where they were greeted by a special guest, Gen. George Washington and his wife Martha. The professional re-enactors, Sam Davis and Alisa Dupuy, worked the room rubbing elbows with veterans, while talking about Revolutionary War history.

Davis is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and he has had a lifelong love for Revolutionary history.

The general’s wife thanked all the veterans for their service, while Davis, playing the role of Washington, spoke of the pride the veterans should feel for their service.

“You are men and women of great quality,” he said.

“Washington” spoke of the revolution, recounting his plea to his men prior to the battle of Trenton in which he asked them to stay on past their initial enlistment dates.

“Our cause is just, we must be steadfast in our struggle for liberty,” he said. “We live in the land of the free, because of our brave.”

Rotarians sang many patriotic songs during the event and honored the men and women who have served.

William Capouillez, who helps run a sponsored charity deer hunt held in Oliver Township also spoke during the event.

“Our primary goal is to support handicapped veterans,” he said of the Fur and Fowl Barn hunting preserve.

Capouillez said the costs of the charity hunts for disabled veterans are offset through paid hunts in the high fenced hunting area. Although nobody is guaranteed they will bag a deer, two veterans were recently successful at the preserve, one of which shot a from custom designed wheelchair mount.

Gifts were also handed out during the course of the ceremony on Friday, while Pastor James Yoder gave both the invocation and benediction.