This year, they're expecting even more to turn out for the annual veterans appreciation dinner hosted by the Wakefield and Quarryville Lions clubs.
"This year, it's Wakefield, but that really doesn't matter," McMullen said. "We just work together."
The dinner is an outgrowth of one hosted by the Quarryville Lions. As it grew in size, the Wakefield Lions began helping fund the banquet. Then, in 2015, the two clubs decided to work together to host the banquet.
That year, 127 veterans and spouses turned out for the meal.
Most of the veterans are from the Vietnam War.
"Last year, we had some from the Korean War and from World War II," McMullen said. "We also have some younger veterans who served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield."
"The older veterans really appreciate it. A lot of them come up to us after the meal to say how much they enjoyed it," Wagner said.
This year's meal will be served at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church's Family Life Center, 1068 Chestnut Level Rd. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 10. Church members will prepare and serve the food.
The dinner is free, but organizers ask that veterans call McMullen at 717-786-8060 or Wagner at 717-786-2195 by Wednesday, November 8, to make reservations.
"That way, we can know how much food we will need," McMullen said. "But we've never run out of food."
Retired U.S. Navy pilot Doug Hodges will be the featured speaker. He will talk about the Battle of Midway, a decisive engagement during World War II.