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.

We hosted the Chicken Noodle Lunch, Saturday October 25th, 2014 at the Hut. It was a lot of fun, and we had a great turnout. The crew worked very hard it paid off. This hearty main meal was crafted by Jerry Sebert and set up and cleaned up after by our great crew. There was corn and green beans, chocolate cake (I don’t know who made that, but wow). I also experienced something akin to a religious experience when I tried the best bread pudding I ever had. This had me thinking about the monthly meal we enjoy every month and especially our Monday Koffee Klatch. Dan Rathbun and the usual hard working crew perform weekly duties but without the contributions of a long time member like Eli Prater it would not be possible. Eli is someone everyone knows, been a long time citizen of the area and our resident Korean War era veteran. I have enjoyed listening to many stories with Eli. His strong faith and consistent attendance is on Monday mornings are an inspiration. Without veterans like Eli there would be no Hut. And that goes for the others Dick Pope, John Fields, Rex Mantooh, Babe Long, and Jack Cross. Salute!

Also remember it’s time for the Main Street Treats downtown event! Thursday October 30th. I guess that qualifies as eating to some extent. It is on Thursday this year to avoid conflict with the Friday night football game. I always enjoy this activity because the kids come from Cleveland, Wynona, Fairfax, as well as our local kiddos and pack both sides of the street. There are always a few outrageous and creative costumes. The Hut’s Auxiliary volunteers will run the candy table as usual and it is always busy. It kicks off at 6:00 PM so get in line! Our crew will show up a little earlier in front of the Morris Field Museum.

Here is another reminder that Post members will participating in the Fairfax Veterans Day Parade on November 8th, put on by Retired Seaman Leon Hendrix and Eva Donovan [formerly married to a USMC veteran] from Fairfax. Details are in this paper, so as I have covered it in the past I won’t belabor the details. Suffice to say, American Legion Post 142 will represent in a robust manner as always.

On the 11th (Veteran’s Day) the high school will host an event to honor America’s heroes who answered the call through the years. I attended last year and was frankly blown away. What an impressive presentation by the students followed by a great lunch catered by Mac’s BBQ (more eating). It starts at 11:30 am till 12:30 am and veterans are welcome.

I would encourage you to participate. These activities are financed in large part by the Post and we always have had great support from the community. Please give us a hand. Call Jack Cross 918-885-2388. He will be happy to receive all donations.

Remember our regular meetings are the first and third Thursdays at 7:00 PM (6th & 20th of November). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in October into November are still up and running starting around 0700 till about 0900. Thanks to Jerry, Dan, Eli, and Dick Pope 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!

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Chicken Noodle Fundraiser

Everyone is invited to our “Chicken Noodle Lunch” fundraiser on Saturday, October 25th, 2014…at the Hut.
Adults only $6.00 and kids 12 and under $3.00.
Make plans to drop in between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

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Oodles of Noodles

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

As reported last week, the Legion hats are in…both summer mesh (low profile) and winter hats (regular profile). At last Thursday evening’s meeting, they were distributed free to WWII and Korea vets and our newer members. After some discussion, it was agreed a good price for other members and the public at large would be $10 per hat. Not only is that a bargain price, it still allows for the Post to have a little wiggle room on the financials of the Hut. Continue reading

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2014 Fall Activities

The Main Street Treats will be Thursday, October 30th.  The Hut’s candy table is always busy.   It kicks off at 6:00 PM, so get in line!

Post members are invited to the Fairfax Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday, November 8th.  With a start time of 11:00 AM; we will be gathering at 10:00 AM beforehand by the Baptist Church on South Main in Fairfax.  Breakfast will be provided at the High School 7:00 – 10:00 AM by the Woodland F.F.A.  At the end of the parade, there will be a free dinner for Veterans and families on the southwest end of town at the Senior Citizens Veteran’s building.  Sounds like lots of fun and food so come on out!

On November 11th (Veteran’s Day), Hominy High School will host an event to honor America’s Veterans. The annual presentation is always impressive. It will be followed by lunch catered by Mac’s BBQ. It starts at 11:30 am till 12:30 am and veterans are welcome.

Christmas Parade will be the next item on the horizon.  I will be inquiring if a date has been established so we all can mark our calendars with date and time.

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Flags Again!

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

As I write this on Sunday, I recall the US Navy destroyer, the USS Cole, refueling in Yemen on October 12th, 2000, suffered an enormous explosion in a terrorist attack. Initial reports had at least 6 sailors killed with 11 missing. The death toll was revised to 17. The 8,600-ton Cole was returned to the US aboard the Norwegian ship Blue Marlin. In 2001, a video tape by “Al-Sahab Productions” circulated among Muslim militants with footage of the bombed vessel. The Cole returned to active duty in 2003 following $250 million in repairs. This memory is vivid in my mind as my wife and I saw it on television while in an airport terminal while flying across country to Ft Polk, Louisiana. I told her “This is just the beginning”. Sadly, I was right. Eighteen months later I had begun deploying forty eight of my troops to Bagdad. Continue reading

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