As a reminder, we are currently closed at the Hut until further notice. We are all feeling the effects of the current virus situation. I will keep you informed as things progress. So it is Sunday and, as usual, it’s my day to write this week’s article. While you are reading this on Wednesday Sunday, the 29th of March, is now a Federal Holiday. Vietnam Veteran’s Day. With rare exception most of us at the Hut served during that conflict. I did a little research and found out the details.
I want to depart from the usual format to give important new information. Next week and there after I will try to keep you appraised of any new developments. This is from our Adjuant of Post 142 John Hamilton on behalf of post Commander Steve Swinford.
Based on Department Commander Ron Gott’s decision, all Department Headquarters meetings are cancelled until further notice. Reasons for the cancellations are recent updates from the American Legion National Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention along with State and local officials regarding the Coronavirus COVID-9.
Commander Gott has also recommended cancelling all upcoming meetings to include Spring District Convention/Meetings. The Department Executive Committee (DEC) has voted to cancel the upcoming District 1A/1B Spring Convention/Meetings scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020.
Based on these previous decisions, the Post Executive Committee (PEC) Post 142 in Hominy has decided to cancel the next two regular Post meetings on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and Thursday, April 2, 2020. The next SAL meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 has also been cancelled.
In addition, the Monday morning breakfasts are cancelled until after the April 16th meeting unless a decision is made to cancel further meetings.
John Hamilton, BMSN USNR
Adjutant Post 142
CDR SQDN 142
This week on the 13th will be the Legion-Auxillary Valentine Banquet at the Hut at 6:00 pm. The meal is a compelation of main course meats and a million side dishes with amazing homemade desserts buy the spouses. There will be no meeting after. The meeting is moved to 20 Feburary at 6:00 pm.
On this day in 1944 my Dad was fighting Nazis at Anzio. The Anzio initiative had Allied forces numbering 69,000 troops with 508 guns and 237 tanks. General Lucas made preparations for an offensive to break out of the beachhead. Meanwhile, the German forces now consist of 8 divisions under 14th Army. There are German air strikes which result in 1 cruiser and 1 transport sunk. To the south, along the German-held Gustav Line, forces of the US 5th Army continue attacking. The 34th Division makes some progress in expanding the bridgehead over the Rapido River. We won.
What a wild weather weekend we just experienced! Tornadoes, wind, torrential rain followed by freezing tempretures, ice, then snow. Now nice weather. Only in Oklahoma! Fortuntely our leadership made it down to Shawnee Oklahoma for the Oklahoma American Legion Mid-Winter Conference safely. I anticipate a report to pass on to you all next week.