What to do with those 'useless' pennies on Camp Walker
DAEGU GARRISON — Laughter and chatter filled the Camp Walker USO, like it does every Wednesday on Camp Walker. Soldiers and Civilians streamed in, anticipating one of Daegu’s favorite lunchtime traditions, the USO’s Penny Wednesday.
For the cost of a penny, the United Service Organizations (USO) offers hotdogs, soda and chips. The amount of payment depends on how much the service member wants to donate.
Penny Wednesday started approximately six years ago and it has now become one of the most popular programs among the many that that USO offers. It operates every Wednesday from 11:30 until the food is sold out. Normally around 100 to 125 KATUSAs and U.S. Soldiers come by every week. Penny Wednesday, like most things at the USO, is mainly for Soldiers and their Families, but visitors and Civilians are also permitted to enjoy the program.
Some Soldiers who came to Penny Wednesday said that they do so about two to three times in a month. Soldiers were united in saying that the most appealing attraction of Penny Wednesday is that it provides a delicious meal and a comfortable place to rest. They can have conversations with the other Soldiers.
The atmosphere of USO building during the Penny Wednesday was relaxing. It was obvious that the intention of Penny Wednesday, the USO and the supporting Soldiers was successfully achieved. The USO continually endeavors to provide a better atmosphere and condition on Wednesdays to keep this tradition alive and fresh.
The USO was created in 1941, and they arrived in Korea in 1951. The organization was established to support and provide services to Soldiers, and has a simple mission: The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The organization offers entertainment tools such as computers and movies, provides a place to relax, and other services and events.