Busy with Business and Another Oklahoma Hero

Post 142 had another great meeting last Thursday. Fourteen of us gathered to look over the plans for the coming season, check our “flag” status (repairs, replacements, etc.) and catch up on things in general. Commander O’Leary mentioned that he and Service Officer Carl Blue would be attending Service Officer training with the American Legion in Yukon, OK (they should be back by now). This training is integral to the mission of the American Legion in that the Service Officer looks to the needs of veterans of the area as those needs arise. Thanks Carl for stepping up. And thanks to Babo Carter for the years of service he provided before.

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Flags and Fellowship

The Labor Day holiday had a great start with the Friday morning posting of the colors up and down main street, highway 20 and 99. You probably noticed the photo last week of the “crew” as we gathered those volunteers who were not already in the field working. What made it special was the ending of a long dry spell when the Bucks beat the Cleveland Tigers (or rodent type critters) the evening prior. Spirits were high and it was fun. That was followed by last Friday’s removal of the flags with the second victory of the Hominy Bucks over Pawnee. GO BUCKS! 

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Kenneth Taylor, Hominy’s Hometown Hero

With the Labor Day Holiday I need to make a slight departure to tell a story I promised last week. Kenneth Taylor was one our hometown heroes. Shortly after his birth in Enid, Oklahoma, Taylor’s father, Joe M. Taylor, moved his family to Hominy, Oklahoma, where Taylor graduated high school in 1938. He entered the University of Oklahoma as a pre-law student in the same year and joined the Army Air Corps two years later. He graduated from aviation training at Brooks Field near San Antonio, Texas on April 25, 1941. He was assigned to Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu, Hawaii, and began flying two weeks later.

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Off We Go!

National Aviation Day is held each year on August 19th. The day is to celebrate the development and history of aviation. This day was created on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday because of his significant contributions to aviation.

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Code Talkers, Unsung Heroes

This past week held a special day. It was national Navajo Code Talker Day. Sadly, the last Code Talker from this tribe passed June 14th 2014. But what many do not realize that during WWI Native Americans enlisted and from the Wah-Zha-Zhi Ni-Kah-Zhi (Osage Nation). Nearly two hundred men enlisted for the fight. What was unique about those first Native Americans, who volunteered to serve in World War I, was that they were not citizens of the United States.  Yet, “ Without regard to that lack of citizenship, members of Indian tribes and nations enlisted in the Armed Forces”  Why would they risk their lives for a country with which their ancestors had been in deadly conflicts for centuries?  For the same reason Americans were willing to give their lives to; a place that was home, a place where ancestors were buried, and were family lived.  There was a “tradition of protecting their people.”

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