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Photo submitted to The Times Observer Veterans participate in a flag-folding ceremony at the 2018 Veterans Family Summer Picnic.

For many, the COVID pandemic has resulted in being stuck at home, locked up, away from friends.

The Warren County Veterans Council hopes to end this isolation with its fourth annual Veterans Summer Picnic. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Wilder Field in Irvine.

Warren County Veterans and their families living with them are welcome. A lunch including burgers and hot dogs will be provided.

Those in attendance are encouraged to bring chairs and pop-ups, according to Director of Veterans Affairs Delores Stec. Alcohol and firearms are not permitted during the event.

Music will be provided throughout by Smokehouse and Kokomo Time Band.

Both groups performed at the veterans summer picnics, Stec said.

It’s been two years since the last picnic – the 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

“This year’s goal is to get veterans out, have a good time, share stories and see people they haven’t seen.” said Stec. “We hope for a good turnout – 250 to 300.”

COVID-19 caused even neighbors to become strangers for a year. “Even if they live down the street, they haven’t seen them” she said.

It is not a purely social event. There will be many veteran specific vendors at the event – veterans affairs, job placement services, etc.

The Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans Service Van of Fort Indiantown Gap will also be on site.

Stec thanked Ellwood Group for allowing the event to take place in the field.

Anyone with questions are encouraged to contact Stec at (814) 728-3477.

“Come, have fun and relax with friends” said Stec.

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