The Knights of Columbus Leeds Council 5597 held their annual Veterans Day event at Leeds Memorial Park on Friday November 11, 2022. A large group gathered at Noon and Father Vu, Knights of Columbus Council #5597 Chaplain, presided over the Event. On hand were representatives of the Leeds Police Department and Leeds Fire Department as well as several friends of The Knights. As part of the program in honor of and in memory of those who have served in the military, names were read aloud that had been submitted all during the year for recognition.
This year, The Knights have committed to a community project that includes the presentation of American Flags to local businesses. This program was the brain child of Past Grand Knight, Dr. Bill Watkins, and these flags are presented in honor of and in memory of Veterans who are family members, friends, employees or management in the businesses where flags are presented. The names of these Veterans are read in a short presentation of the flags. These Veterans' names were read again at the Veterans Day event and will also be read at the Memorial Day event at Leeds Memorial Park.
In October, a flag presentation was made by Past Grand Knights, Dr. Bill Watkins and Terry Taylor, to Leeds Food Giant in honor of and memory of: Brent Rudder - Marines, Henry David Coker – Army, Carl Mundi – Air Force, Bill Willingham – Army, Kenneth Willingham – Army, Charles Jones – Army, James Brewer – Air Force, Chris Brewer – Air Force, Brent Rudder – Marines, Henry Davis – Army, Wallace F. Denty – Navy, Daniel Domiquez’s grandfather, two uncles and great-Grandfather – Army, JoAnna Price’s son – Marines, dad -Airborne, son – Army, nephew – Army, grandson – Marine and brother-in-law – Army.
A flag presentation was also made to Susan Silk Flowers in honor of Susan Koones’ daughter, Lisa Rasmussan – Army. Other flag presentations this year included Michelle Davis Dental, Laney’s Country Cooking, Smith Printing and Ann’s New Life Center.
The Knights of Columbus Leeds Council #5597 is a faith-based, nonprofit, charitable organization with more than 75 members in Metro Leeds, dedicated to serving those in need. Their central objectives are charity, unity and patriotism. Charity includes time, talents and fiscal assistance. This group is open to men that are 18 years old and up. They meet monthly at Leeds Civic Center. Their local fundraisers to support their charity work include their Tootsie Roll Drive, annual Beach Giveaway and Bingo. Bingo is held twice a month on the first and third Fridays, unless otherwise specified, and plans are to resume in January.
For more information about Knights of Columbus Leeds Council 5597, please visit http://everyoneleeds.com/leeds-knights-of-columbus/ or contact Dr. Bill Watkins, Trustee Council 5597-Leeds, at email@example.com, Grand Knight Tony Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Don Tice at email@example.com.
To view more photos from the Leeds Memorial Park Veterans Day event, please visit Photo Gallery on Everyone Leeds Facebook page.