“News from the Hut”
for American Legion Post #142; Hominy, Oklahoma.
>>> by Gary Lanham
I had a great experience over the past few weeks. I was privileged to attend a conference meeting for the American Legion state wide in Oklahoma City. It was refreshing to talk on the trip down and back, with our Commander Charles O’Leary. The meeting we attended was interesting because the openness of the back and forth on topics of importance of the Legion.
I found it reminiscent of my military days, where issues were out on the table and those of the higher ranks listened and discerned, moving the discussion toward some actions and resolution. That is what leaders do. There were young veterans and some, well, not so much (I probably am bumping that boundary). Overall, I was impressed with the frankness and progress of the meeting. What I really like is our local meetings. In comparison we have like minds about supporting the community, patriotism, and a very giving spirit. My favorite experience is spending times with our soldiers from the past. They provide a sense of connection from our “not so distant” past to where we are today. We are going to be actively recruiting our newer heroes, as they return from service to continue our tradition.
Hominy is perhaps the most patriotic community I have ever seen. We have a rich history of service from Rex Mantooth, Babe Long, Dick Pope, John Field, and Eli Prater. I won’t go through all the rest but they are there (yes, you Babo and Jim). The list is long. I guess I just appreciate the time I have had to spend with these folks.
During our last meeting, I had the privilege of watching a DVD of Lloyd Pitts contributions during the D-Day, Normandy initiative during WWII. What an amazing experience. Great things happen at the meetings, and I hope any veteran who has not participated with us comes by for a cup of Joe and get involved.
Our regular meetings are the first and third Thursday (next is July 3rd and 17th) meeting at 1900 hrs. I will announce for the 3rd, if we have a dinner and the hours for that. On the 4th July morning, there will be a flag raising ceremony at 0900. An added plus is that quarterly the meeting will be a shared event with the Auxiliary (more details to follow).
Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for July are up and running starting around 0700 till about 0900, though we have had to have a break the past few weeks. Dan, Eli, and Jerry usually have things set up where we can catch up on each others mischief and story telling. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print!