Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Girl Scout honors veterans with banquet and gifts: "Veterans Day was extended Tuesday for at least 60 veterans. Nikki Duggal, a junior at Jenks High School, organized a banquet to honor veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and current wars. 'I love the stories of inspiration they (veterans) share,' said Duggal, who volunteered at a local veterans clinic for four summers. 'They gave in sight of their actions while they were overseas. I was touched by their stories of loyalty and perseverance. 'I felt compelled to contribute to the veterans,' she said. 'They deserve our utmost respect, honor and recognition for their service and sacrifice for our country.' The banquet is part of the community service portion of Duggal's Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The Gold Award is the organization's highest honor. The Blue Star Mothers helped Duggal find veterans to invite, and Duggal secured donations from Texas Roadhouse, Reasor's and India Palace for the meal. The Clarion Hotel donated the room for the banquet. 'We need to show our patriotism in our own ways,' Duggal said. 'This is my small way, but I hope it makes a difference in the community.' "