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Drive-In Dinner Honors Veterans


VILLE DE LORRAINE, New York (WWNY) – A community came together for a home-cooked meal on behalf of North Country veterans.

The United Methodist Church of Lorraine hosted a drive-in dinner to honor and celebrate Veterans Day.

The decade-plus tradition was originally a community service event for young people, but organizers Frank and Gayle Seymour continued the tradition.

The food is donated entirely by the Seymours, with help from the congregation in cooking and serving dinners. People were encouraged to bring non-perishable items for donations this year to the Rhode Center Food Pantry.

“We’ve been hosting the Veterans Day dinner for about twelve years now. It started as community service by our youth group, of which we were the leaders. From around 2010, Gayle Seymour said.

“It means everything to me. The more people we receive, the better. We usually get 70-100 people, which is great. And it’s open to everyone, not just veterans, but it’s on behalf of veterans,” Frank Seymour said.

The diner has become a drive-in event during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Frank and Gayle hope next year it can return to its origins as a sit-down diner.