A HERO IN WAR AND IN LIFE

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

U.S. Senator Bob Dole

Today, we take a moment to remember U.S. Senator Bob Dole

Patricia Kime from Military.com reports that Sen. Dole was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on Wednesday, February 2nd. For a remarkable lesson in American History, read her report <HERE>.

She notes an opinion piece published in The Washington Post shortly after his death, In his own words…Dole wrote of his love for the country and its symbols — and his hope for unity as a nation moving forward.

“Many nights during my time as majority leader, I would step out on my office balcony overlooking the National Mall and be reminded of what made my journey possible. Facing me were monuments to our nation’s first commander in chief, the author of our Declaration of Independence, and the president who held our union together. In the distance were the countless graves of those who gave their lives so that we could live free,” Dole wrote. “Our nation has certainly faced periods of division. But at the end of the day, we have always found ways to come together. We can find that unity again.”

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Oklahoma American Legion Boys State: The Week That Shapes a Lifetime

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

The 2022 Boys State season signup is now upon us and there is no time to spare. Every high school junior wants out of this world, life-changing experiences, and college benefits, as well as a fantastic week of thrill-packed excitement. The following information comes from the Department of Oklahoma website at https://okamlegion.org/boys-state.

The American Legion sponsors 50 Boys States throughout the continent and Puerto Rico. Each Boys State provides a learning and growing experience for boys who have completed their junior year in high school. The methods to select boys to attend the program vary from state to state and even from Post to Post, but all share the common goal of providing the most beneficial experience to those who appear to have the most potential for leadership and service.

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Off to a Slow Start

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

Have you ever had to write an article, story, or a blog, as it is called in today’s vernacular, every week for a school class, on-line, or for a periodical? When I was in college, I had to write an essay every week about the particular subject we were studying. I remember when I first started writing the essays, I had a heck of a time. My spelling was helped along by Microsoft Word spell check, but the grammar correction left a lot to be desired. Even the spell check isn’t 100% accurate, especially if there are several correct spellings of the same word. While I was going to college at night and working full time, I worked with a lady whose college major was English and I had her check my papers for spelling and grammar. At first, she was making “RED” marks (bleeding) all over my essays, but as I approached the end of my courses, her bleeding was reduced to one or two drops per page.

When you’re writing an essay or article for a subject in school it is a lot easier because the subject matter is exactly what you’ve been studying for the week, so it is already a structured subject matter to guide you. That scenario is very unlike trying to write an article about things that are not happening as frequently as with much larger posts.

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2021 IN REVIEW

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

We are starting a brand-new year and we are all hoping that 2022 will be better than 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic that actually started in 2020 and all that accompanied that misadventure. I think that everyone is hoping and praying that 2022 will be far better than the past two years. Several Legion family members have moved on to our Post Everlasting that include Bob Hough, Gary Lanham, Bill Walls, and Linda Hale.

We started a new tradition called the “Shootout” that originally began at Bucks Eats and Treats in the beginning of March of 2021 but had to move to Daylight Donuts when Bucks Eats and Treats closed their doors the end of March 2021.

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Veteran of the Year Ceremony

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

Don Rainwater
Don Rainwater with “Hanoi Special”

The Veteran’s Day Dinner and Awards Ceremony is going forward this year and the Dinner will be held, as usual, at the Hominy High School just inside the front doors of the school on November 11th at 11:30 AM. The Veteran of the Year Blanket Ceremony will be held in the HS gym starting at 1:00 PM. This year’s recipient of the “Veteran of the Year Blanket” and the honors that accompany this award is a veteran that has served The United States of America with pride. This veteran has served our country around the world from Lackland, Texas for basic training to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. This Veteran has served overseas for ten years in countries like New Found land, Okinawa, Germany, Thailand, and temporary duty stations to include Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and North Africa. He has been awarded seven medals and several of them multiple times. This year’s Veteran of the Year is a Senior Master Sergeant, ret. from the United States Air Force, Don Rainwater.

All Post 142 Legion Members and their spouses are welcome to attend.

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