Veteran’s Day!

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

The week started with the Fairfax ‘Veterans Day Parade’ and finished up with a fantastic ceremony at the Hominy High School, on Thursday. The Bucks did themselves proud honoring all veterans, who were present on Veteran’s Day this past week. It was fun to show up and see the gang at the school gathering to support the community’s effort to recognize their service. I have to tip my hat to Jack Cross and Eli Prater, who always run interference in raising the funds; as well as those folks and businesses that did the Vets proud. I want to list them later; so when you drop by to do business or cross their paths in town, you are sure to thank them.

The Mac’s BBQ was fantastic as usual, and we all had a great time. A special treat was seeing our own Dick Pope honored along with Willie Daniels, as Veterans of the Year. They were presented with ceremonial Indian Blankets by Erin Casoose and George Fields, both dressed in traditional tribal clothing. Their presentation was professional and very well done. Now I admit, I had never met Mr. Daniels before the event, but I had the pleasure of speaking and shaking hands with a few family members, who were there for the great honor bestowed. Willie Daniels served in the U.S. Military during the Korean War, and still struck a fine posture as he probably did when in uniform.

Mr. Pope…I have known since joining the crew at the Hut (Post 142). You can catch him mowing around the Post during the summer without being asked, and has given me ideas in my writing on many occasions. I think he helps me keep things straight, asking if the High School had my picture for the Veterans Day event, and feeding me tidbits of information always useful when it comes to writing my weekly offering. Dick served his country during World War II.

The Christmas Parade is next on our schedule. The date is December 6th, Saturday at 0930 (that’s AM for the USAF types). I imagine it will be a chilling and thrilling experience for the youngsters. I know I will be toting a thermos of hot chocolate!

Scuttlebutt is confirmed by the Auxiliary, the Christmas Legion-Auxiliary Dinner will be Friday December 12th at 6:00PM at the Hut. Legion will provide the meat, and Auxiliary/and members spouses/selves will provide the sides. Members are asked to bring a personal care item donation for the Bryce House in Tulsa, that takes care of homeless veterans. They need personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, Polident for dentures, jersey gloves [the brown ones] and socks. We will have a box set up for the donations and the Auxiliary will take them over. We may do, may even sing Christmas carols! I will sing quietly.

Remember our regular meetings are the first and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM (20th of November). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in November are still up (if weather permits) and running starting around 0700 till about 0900. Thanks to the crew there is usually biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print! Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

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Christmas Holiday Plans

Hominy’s annual CHRISTMAS PARADE
will be Saturday, December 6th at 9:30 am.

The annual CHRISTMAS DINNER
for American Legion Post #142 and Auxiliary Unit #142
will be Friday, December 12th; at 6:00 PM.
American Legion Post #142 will provide the meat,
and Auxiliary Unit #142 (along with members’ spouses) will provide the sides.

We are collecting donations of personal care items for the Bryce House in Tulsa.
This organization takes care of homeless veterans.
They need personal care items such as:
soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, Polident for dentures,
jersey gloves [the brown ones] and socks.

Post #142 will have a box set up for the donations,
and Auxiliary Unit #142 will handle delivery.

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March! March! March!

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

The Fairfax Veterans Day Parade kicked off on Saturday, November 8th, put on by Retired Seaman Leon Hendrix and Eva Donovan from Fairfax. Suffice to say American Legion Post 142 was well represented by Jerry Sebert, Dick Pope, Steve Swinford, Jack Cross, and this humble correspondent (who remains sore and limping from the parade walk). Kids we are no longer. But, with the inspiration of Leon Hendrix and his sorely sought after (but not-for-sale) little pick-em up truck…we marched, rode, and enjoyed the great comradery of the Fairfax community. His grandson, Brandon Benham, was busy both at the parade, as well as serving up lunch afterwards. Continue reading

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Busy Holidays!

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

The Main Street Treats downtown event was fantastic success once again! The Auxiliary Ladies, as always, carried the load with the help of Dick Pope and a few other hearty souls while Babo, Chris, Stan, I, and some of the crew sat and goofed off judging the costumes as they went by. A few of the favorites were, of course, some boys in Army uniforms; and there was the Predator costume, Hulk, and such. Continue reading

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Boo!

“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham

We all have to eat, it’s a natural part of our existence. I believe among all other creatures on God’s creation we are unique in that we take emotional and social enjoyment eating in the company of friends (that sometimes includes family; sometimes). I reflect on the New Testament and note the miracle of feeding the 5,000, as well as the Last Supper. So, it seems natural that the Hut puts on some of the finest ‘get-togethers’ and last Saturday was no exception. Continue reading

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