Gathered on the banks of a serene fishing hole, they met once again to continue a bond formed years ago in war.
The veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam cast for catfish and bream Tuesday. The event was a gesture of kindness by those at American Legion Post 192 in Evans and an opportunity for the defenders of freedom to enjoy a cool and breezy day of peace.
''Us being a veterans' organization, we believe in doing things for veterans first,'' said Jochen Fuehrer, a representative of the Evans post and the Department of the Georgia American Legions.
At least once a year, the Evans post has offered its pond and other facilities for veterans who are living at the Georgia Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta as a day of activity and socialization.
Barbara Missildine was among about 15 nursing home residents who attended.
''You meet good people here,'' she said of the event.
C.C. McKnight agreed.
''It's always a good time,'' he said while reeling in a catch with the help of a post volunteer. ''It's a good fellowship.''
McKnight was in World War II, or ''the big one,'' as he described it. He said these days he prefers to not think about war and enjoys outings like the one Tuesday.
But McKnight also shared his feelings about a future generation that could someday join the brotherhood of war.
''We've just got to hope everything turns out all right,'' he said, referring to the United States' current campaign against terrorism.
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