LIMA — Happy Daz on Elida Road hosted its weekly car cruise-in Wednesday and for the first time, this year, included the Chained Eagles of Ohio POW-MIA memory wall.
They called it an important opportunity to promote the POW-MIA issue.
“We want to make sure these men are not forgotten and that this never happens again,” said Bill Ream, trustee with Chained Eagles of Ohio. “There are 138 brothers on the wall. There’s 75 still missing today so that’s 75 families that don’t have an answer to what happened to a loved one.”
As part of the event, the St. Marys American Legion presented the Save Our Soldiers-SOS Project with a check for $250.
“The SOS Project is a small group where we raise funds and we give it away. We help veterans. We’ve got a friend that helps at the VA and she refers people to us. This year we bought at least three or four air conditioning units. We’ve helped with furnace repair, helped with bills, stuff like that,” said Ron Roof, chairman of the SOS Project.
One of the big organizations the SOS Project supports is the Hunting with Heroes organization.
“They do the deer hunts and bring in disabled veterans and take them hunting. Another one of our big people we help is Angel Paws where they raise PTSD dogs and we’ve been able to sponsor two dogs and it’s wonderful to see how it helps veterans,” said Roof.
The SOS Project is holding its annual Fall Festival coming up from noon to 4 p.m. on October 19 at Elmview Pub on Shawnee Road.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409