The evening began with a color guard presentation from Manual High School’s JROTC and the singing of the national anthem before Corey and his family and friends were each treated to a free dinner. Tony Weis, general manager of the restaurant, pointed out the highlights of Corey’s military career and thanked him for his service.
Corey was drafted in the Army in 1951. After training at Fort Rucker in Alabama, he served in Germany until discharged as a private first class in 1953.
He encourages military members to make the most of their experiences and go in with a positive attitude.
Hometown Hero is an O’Charley’s tradition, and more than 100 military members – veterans and active-duty personnel – have been honored through the program. A veteran will be recognized at each of the 30 O’Charley’s that have been remodeled and boast new menus.
“We’re so glad that we’re able to say thank you to the men and women who serve our country with a celebration in our restaurants for their friends and families,” Weis said. “They are our true American heroes.”