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!
You probably also noted the results of our annual Officer Installation Banquet the Friday evening of the flags going up. Commander O’Leary had a special slide presentation for the gathering. The officer installation details were in the last edition and now we move forward with a strong team at the helm. Most positions have not changed. I was able to sit a spell with our brother Dick Pope last week and go over the latest doings at the Hut. Loving the Hominy News-Progress as he does, he already is up to speed on most everything I have to share. As usual he has some things for me to bring back to the crew that he has come across that he feels will be meaningful and it always is.
We have grown some with Neil Conrad (Chaplin), Mac Ceska (Department Division East Vice-Commander), Randy Serrate, and the very active Carl Blue (Service Officer). This humble correspondent is 2nd Vice Commander and still Historian, thus the articles will continue each week. So the Post is excited and energized with the weather cooling down and the main street treats and Veteran’s Day activities just around the corner. It is the best time of the year.
I would be remiss not to reflect on the past week’s remembrance of September 11th. Like my father’s generation will never forget where they were on December 7th my generation has September 11th. While both attacks were cowardly in nature September 11th 2001 was particularly heinous due to the targets being primarily innocent civilians (the Pentagon being the exception). I found a place of comfort and reflection last Sunday among the men and women I served with then at my old unit the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron in Tulsa. I was amazed at these young soldiers and a few that have grown older after I left. Still dedicated, still serving proudly. They were called on to do so much after that event that was a new challenge for the Guard. They answered that call and we are proud of them and all the others that serve.
Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM (15 September). The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings for September Monday’s are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. 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”.