Macon County Chronicle

Citizens Bank Makes Donations to Local Veterans Groups

While hosting their annual Veterans Day celebration last November, with guest Joe Bonsall of the Oakridge Boys, Citizens Bank employees set out on a mission to assist local veterans by donating all proceeds from the sale of Bonsall’s best-selling book G.I Joe & Lillie to local veterans groups.

The book, based on letters written between the author’s parents while his father served in World War II, was sold at Citizens Bank main branch during the celebration and autographed by Bonsall himself.

After selling out of the book, Citizens Bank donated the collected proceeds to Lafayette VFW Post 7135 and American Legion Post 117 with a $250 check to each of the two local veterans groups.

“We appreciate everything Citizens Bank does for us,” said VFW Commander Mickey Chambers. “They’ve always been so good to the VFW.”

Citizens Bank, which has hosted several events, including the Macon County premiere of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall and the annual Veterans Breakfast, strongly supports military veterans and the service of local veterans groups.

“We’re happy to do this,” said Citizens Bank old Club Director LaRue Polston after presenting the donations. “Any way we can say thank you to them, we’ll be first in line.”  

“We not only appreciate what they do,” added Citizens Bank President Joe Carter, “but we appreciate what they did years ago.”