ArtsRevive hosted Veteran’s Day breakfast

Published 11:12 am Thursday, November 10, 2022

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The Michael David Johnson Foundation held its annual Veterans Day Appreciation breakfast on Thursday morning at the ArtsRevive.

Over 20 veterans joined together, shared a meal of grits, eggs, bacon, and sausage, and stories with each other.

The event opened with a prayer, pledge of allegiance followed by food. Multiple branches at the breakfast, ranging from the navy to the army and other guests.

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Johnson’s father, Sam Johnson, a retired U.S. Marine and Purple Heart recipient, who also served in the Vietnam War, spoke at the event.

As the breakfast continued, several stories from the past were shared and got several laughs.

Before the food was served, the event mentioned those who gave everything for the freedom of the country, and they were included in the prayer before the meal.

Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum, Dallas County Schools Superintendent Anthony Sampson and Selma City Schools Superintendent Dr. Zickeyous Byrd and former Selma Mayor George Evans were among the high-profile officials who attended the event.

The event was founded by Johnson, a former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end and Dallas County High School.  Johnson, who played 10 NFL seasons, to honor his father, Sam Johnson, a Vietnam War veteran.