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Calabash celebrates Veterans Day

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For some veterans in Brunswick County, Tuesday was all about telling stories. And with the American Legion Post 503 in Calabash filled with war vets, there were plenty of stories to go around. Tommy Koester choked up when he read his speech aloud to his veteran comrades on Tuesday. Having survived World War II as a 3rd Class Navy motor machinist, Koester feels blessed to be a part of history. "You think back, you think back about what has happened, you think about what possibly could happen in the future too. At my age, I just live life one day at a time, and take things as they come," he said. His good friend Erwin "Bud" Sweetman was with him this Veterans Day. Sweetman is a World War II Army Private, and an avid blood donor. He said he received a blood donation while in war, and it saved his life. Monday, he was honored for donating his 300th pint of blood to the American Red Cross. He said the process of giving blood has come a long way since 1943. "When they first took the blood, it was on a wooden flat table, and before they took the blood, and you sat up, they gave you a shot of booze," Sweetman said. Sweetman and Koester met at Post 503 about five years ago. They enjoy looking at photos from when they were eighteen and twenty years old. On Veterans Day, they can not help but remember all those wonderful friendships they made during wartime. The biggest difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day is Veterans Day is to honor those who served and are still living, memorial day is a day to remember those lives lost.

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American Legion Post 503

These folks do some wonderful things for the Veterans down in Calabash and the surrounding area please get their name right. Nocha White American Legion Post 503 Calabash, N.C. The VFW and the American Legion are not affiliated organizations but both work with and for Veterans.

thank you

Thank you WWAY for correcting the story.