The Trip

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

Ever met a road warrior? If you know my wife you have. It was quite a road trip. My two grandsons Henry and Thomas are back home in their regular environment in Tillamook, Oregon; after being exposed to my talented brother (great uncle) Chet (USAF Vet) and his graceful wife Sharon. From there, we traveled to Spokane for dinner with my wonderful sister and her husband Ron, then to the magnificent Glacier Park, Montana. I must say the Rangers there were truly helpful. They inquired if I was a veteran and gave us 1st class treatment. Helena Montana was our next stop, then Wyoming. Finally, returning home, after a stop at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Colorado.

We covered eleven states in our journey. I had never been to Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming before. I was struck by the beauty and visual presentation. I found it interesting the combination of landscape. Astounding mountains and lonely plains alternating throughout the travel day. As always Celia at the wheel. Our last stop was at Buckley AFB outside of Denver Colorado. My last military visit to the military side of Denver was in 1973-1974. I was a lowly E-1 at the time. Hari Krishna and the Reverend Moon were big there then. I can only say “Wow” about the billeting (military hotel rooms). Back in the day it was barracks and that was fine. It is now 5 star lodging. Our veterans and troops serving deserve the best. Buckley Air Force Base met and exceeded that bar of excellence.

My thoughts that seemed to be consistent throughout my journey was twofold. First the spirit of the American individual. Wherever I saw sparse groups of cattle I saw someone working hard to make a living by choice of the way of their fathers. That is the backbone of our society. The second is a sense of God’s consistent Grace. More than once Celia would turn to me and sing God Bless America. As you may guess, I love my wife. I get the sentiment but please, singing lessons!

The Legion-Auxiliary Installation Dinner will be Friday, August 14th at 6:00pm at the Hut. Jerry Sebert will cook ribs and chicken, and will ask the Auxiliary/spouses to bring sides and desserts. Plans are to host the Post Installation Ceremony at the same time.

Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM (August 6th). Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in July are still planned (if weather permits) and running starting around 0700 till about 0900. As always much thanks to the crew for providing 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”.

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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