A Veterans Day observance in Durham will come a day early again this year, when Boy Scout Troop 145 serves a free spaghetti supper to all area veterans and active-duty personnel, and a guest, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Durham. The 15 members of Troop 145 will set up the church hall, prepare the food, bus the tables and then clean up, in two-hour shifts beginning at 3.

Larry Wagoner, troop scoutmaster, said that the supper drew more than 100 people last year.

“The veterans appreciated the fact that the Scouts were polite and helpful,” Wagoner said. “They’re a nice group of boys. It’s kind of easy for the boys, because they don’t have school the next day.”

Wagoner said that members of the patrol leaders council suggested that the Boy Scouts do the supper again this year.

“It’s something that they can succeed at,” he said. “We challenge the boys, but we also try to give them a win. It helps them with self-confidence and satisfaction.”

Members of AMVETS Post 13 of Durham will attend the supper. Post Commander Chad Burke said it’s great for the Scouts to meet and speak with veterans.

“It teaches values to the younger generation,” said Burke, whose son, Josh, is a troop member. “It was great to see the looks on the veterans’ faces last year. We’re honored to be appreciated in that way, and that the younger generation is doing that for us.”

The menu will include spaghetti, homemade sauce, homemade meatballs, salads, garlic bread and desserts.

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