FOUNTAIN - In 2002, during the invasion of Afghanistan, U.S. conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda.
During that same year, President George W. Bush signed the “No Child Left Behind Act” into law, Maryland defeated Indiana 64-52 to win their first-ever NCAA men's basketball championship, and the Fountain Ruritan Club held their first veterans' appreciation dinner.

FOUNTAIN - In 2002, during the invasion of Afghanistan, U.S. conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda.
During that same year, President George W. Bush signed the “No Child Left Behind Act” into law, Maryland defeated Indiana 64-52 to win their first-ever NCAA men’s basketball championship, and the Fountain Ruritan Club held their first veterans’ appreciation dinner.
    On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, the Ruritan Club honored 55 military veterans of all ages and from all branches at their 16th annual veterans’ dinner and program at the Ruritan grounds off Headsville Road near Keyser.
Veterans Reva Shirley and Arnold Bailey were the oldest veterans in attendance at the dinner.
    Cool temperatures, a slight breeze, and blue skies prevailed throughout the day which began when Chapter 172 of the Vietnam Veterans of America held an impressive outdoor ceremony.  
Ron Kuykendall entertained the crowd with his music and played each military branch’s theme song while those from each branch stood and were recognized.
    Fountain Ruritan president Eunice Aldridge served as mistress of ceremonies for the event, which included the drawing for the patriotic quilt which was designed and constructed by Jane Queen, a Ruritan supporter; door prizes; raffles; and 50-50 drawing.  
Perkey Yates of Chapter 172 of the Vietnam Veterans of American was the lucky winner of the quilt.
    Approximately 80 people, which included veterans and their guests, attended the dinner .
The dinner is held each year to thank the many veterans in the community for their service to our country.