This past week was packed with recognition of veterans of all branches as well as the U.S. Marine Corps 243rd Birthday (10 Nov 2018). My weekend began as a guest at the Owasso HS Veteran recognition luncheon. It was great seeing a few other oldtimers and seeing the kids realise our service. Saturday brought the annual Veteran’s Day parade in Fairfax, OK. It was cold, I almost did not attend, but decided “what the heck”.
It was well worth the trip and it was well attended. The parade went well with Chris King providing the transportation along with the Flag Trailer. He, Steve Swinford, Jim Hale, Jim Beckett, and myself participated. After the parade we were treated to a free lunch at the Ralston American Legion Post 333 where all five of us won door prizes. Great job Fairfax and great hospitability Post 333!
Sunday morning was the nveiling of the Osage Veteran’s Memorial ribbon cutting. I saw many Osage veterans I had not seen in a while along with many other good friends. Our Commander and his wife represented Post 142 and it’s Auxillary along with Dennis Kidder and John Hamilton. The Pawhuska American Legion performed the military ceremorial formalities and several Osage veteran dignitaries and blanket reciepeants were recogonized. If you have not seen the memprial you need to. Drive up to the Osage Museum on Grandview in Pawhuska, you cannot miss it.
The Hominy High School will be honored Hominy Veterans for Veteran’s Day this past Tuesday. With Monday a holiday and schools closed anyway Veterans Day Ceremony was held November 13th. Meals were served and ceremonial blankets awarded to Vietnam Navy Veteran Stan Mueller and Vietnam Army Veteran Steve Swinford. In addition Bill Walls was added! He is a Hominy Korean War Era veteran.
Keep an eye out for our announcements for the 1st of December celebrations of Kenneth Taylor Day. We will have a day full of refreshments and videos as well as discussions about his accomplishments bringing down the 1st Japanese Zero at Pearl Harbor. He grew up in Hominy and graduated from the high school we will host our even at (now the Hominy Community Center 601 S. Wood). This “Come and go” mixer will bein at 1 PM and end around 4 PM.
Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month. December 6th will be the next one, a 6 PM meeting as we celebrate with the Auxillary our annual Christmas Banquet. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in November and December are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians) starting at. Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change that. 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”.