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Post serves up breakfast Saturday

Article Published: Jul. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

A home-cooked tradition returns to the High Country Saturday: Breakfast at the Post.

As chefs go, Watauga American Legion Post 130 has its fair share of masters. Just ask organizer and breakfast connoisseur Elaine Reece.

"It's not frozen biscuits," she said. "It's fresh biscuits ... we make everything from scratch. It's not anything that's pre-done. We make everything that morning."

The breakfasts are a monthly affair, happening the third Saturday of every month, and she's been there with the sausage tongs for five years.

"My dad (Earl Moretz) was the commander at the time," she said.

For Reece, American Legion (AL) is a family business, so to speak. Her late brother, veteran Steve Moretz, was also active in AL, and the breakfasts, along with gravy and sausage, have always served up fellowship with the community.

"We all make time to go out and talk to people and ask them how they're doing," Reece said.

"We enjoy going and seeing everybody who's up there. It's like a family reunion, if you will, and it's a lot of fun up there ... we get in there laughing and joking, but we do put the food out."
And they take it seriously.

"We have country ham and sausage that we buy from Mike Hedrick down at the Boone Meat Center, and the sausage is patted out," she said. "The country ham has been cut off the bone for us, so there's no bone. Nobody gets a bone in their breakfast. The gravy is made from part of the sausage."

And money raised goes directly to American Legion Post 130, Watauga's oldest veteran's association.

Started by World War I veterans, the post provides honor guards to play taps and fire the 21-gun salute at veteran funerals. It's a community organization, support group and social outlet all in one, and, even though Reece didn't serve personally, it's a cause that pulls at her heartstrings.

"The thought never crossed my mind when I was young enough to go," she said. "But now, the only way I know to thank the veterans is to do what I do. What little I do is not near enough to thank these men and women that have gone and are veterans, so anything I can do I don't have a problem doing."

The breakfast happens Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. at the post (135 Bear Trail Road, Boone), is "all you can eat," and includes country ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits and gravy, grits, cooked apples, regular and buckwheat pancakes (available on request), orange juice and coffee, all for $7 a person. For take-out, call (828) 264-2864 (Saturday only).

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