Bean dinner honors Ohio Union vets

This Saturday, join with residents of Vinton, Ohio to continue a tradition of a community bean dinner begun by members of the local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1883.

Sometime in the early 20th century, the veterans exacted a promise from the town to remember them by continuing to have the annual dinners. The local American Legion Post, sponsor of this year’s dinner, has news articles indicating the dinner was held for many years.

Post commander John Holcomb wrote an article about the dinner that was published in the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, in which he urged residents and the public in general to attend the community meal that begins at noon at the local town park. At 10 a.m., the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a children’s parade and after the meal, there will be live music and bingo games.

Holcomb said hundreds of Ohio communities used to hold such dinners to honor the veterans and the one in Vinton, as well as three other towns, are the last of such events that may be unique to Ohio.

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