Tonawanda News — Pietrowski said that the event is a good way to honor a population that deserves it.
“The World War II veterans are in their 90s and the Korean War vets are in their 80s,” he said. “It’s a nice idea, it’s not a difficult place to get to, the guys can get there and enjoy a nice dinner and some music.”
Dennis Smilinich of the American Legion, who is also a Vietnam veteran, agreed.
“It’s a great thing to honor especially World War II veterans and Korean War veterans, but we’re going to honor everyone at this,” he said. “This is one time of year we can just do something to honor them.
“These guys, it’s well-deserved. They get to see old friends they had, they get to tell their war stories.”
The event will also feature a free performance by Mojo Hand Blue Band from 7 to 9:30 p.m., which also serves as a “Cast-off Concert” for Saturday and Sunday’s Hooked on the Tonawandas fishing tournament. Registration for the tournament will also take place at Gateway Harbor from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.
For more information on the tournament, visit www.fishgatewayharbor.net.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Servicemen and Women's Dinner • WHEN: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday • WHERE: Gateway Harbor Park, North Tonawanda • COST: The dinner is free to World War II and Korean War veterans, $5 for others. • CONCERT: Mojo Hand Blues Band will perform at 7 p.m. in a "Cast-off Concert" for the Hooked on the Tonawandas fishing derby.