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Wilson Warriors to hold annual breakfast

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Pat Unger, Bob Ousley, Bernie Ash, Jerry McFarland, Bobby Byrd, Terry Ashe, Dan Walker, Heidi Jenkin and Richard Dillon at the Wilson County Veterans Memorial. Submitted

Wilson Warriors will host their third annual breakfast 8 to 11a.m., Dec. 12, at Dillon's Barn on Old Hunters Point Pike.

Wilson Warriors Foundation Fund was started in 2012 as a method where deceased veterans and those who were financially unable could apply for their names to be placed on the Wilson County Veterans Memorial Wall.

The creation of Wilson Warriors was formed after Sheriff Terry Ashe retired and became the executive director for the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association. After leaving office, friends of Ashe met and used The Friends of Terry Ashe Sheriff Election account as seed money for the foundation.

"It is of great pride that the men and women of this group have given tirelessly of their time and talents to help create such a noble endeavor," Wilson Warriors Foundation Fund Chairman Bobby Byrd said.

Applicants or their family member applying for their name to be placed on the wall can apply at the Wilson County Veterans Service Office and will be screened during the application process.

"I am very proud that these citizens are helping to create a legacy," Ashe said. "It is so heartwarming to see veterans who couldn't afford the cost, approach the wall with their families and see their name there or deceased relatives whose names have been added out of respect for their service."

The breakfast is open to the public and is hosted at Dillon's Barn located on Old Hunters Point Pike next to Carroll Oakland School. Tickets are $25 with all proceeds going directly to the fund to help remember veterans' service. Tickets may be purchased at the Wilson County Veteran's Service Office, Tennessee Sheriffs' Association, Dreams Boutique, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce or at the event.

"I have traveled the state and have been told that what we are doing here in Wilson County is 'an outstanding effort to show respect for those who have served,'" committee member Jerry McFarland said.

"It's time to go public," Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash added. "More than 40 names have been added to the Memorial Wall because of the Wilson Warriors Foundation, with every branch being represented and more to come after the 3rd annual breakfast."

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