MOUNT VERNON — Nearly 200 veterans gathered Saturday for the annual Veterans’ Picnic, sponsored by American Legion Post 136, with the partnership of the Veterans’ Service Office.
“I counted 150 just after we started and veterans kept arriving, so I’m sure there were 200 again this year,” Veterans Service Officer and Legion Post Commander Kevin Henthorn said.
“The veterans don’t have to pay or bring a thing,” Henthorn said. “They can just come, eat and have a good time.”
Jim Crowl of Mount Vernon, a Navy veteran of the 1960s, said he enjoys catching up with friends, especially other Navy veterans and, he added jokingly, “to torment Marines.”
Chuck Link of Mount Vernon, another Navy veteran — but from the early 1950s, said he comes most years and “enjoys talking to vets and swapping stories.”