Legion holds dinner for veterans

CONSTANTINE — Constantine American Legion Post 223 hosted a prime rib/chicken dinner for veterans on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the post. Over 60 people attended the event, which was staffed by the legion ladies’ auxiliary.  Bruce Preston, a finalist in the River Country Has Talent contest, sang two songs, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” a tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and “I’m Proud to Be an American.” Tables were decorated with American flags and Kathy Neal did red, white and blue floral arrangements.
Before the dinner, legion chaplain Jon Mieras said a prayer.
“We ask God’s continued blessing on our land, and thank all our men and women in the military service for what they did for us. We give our special thanks for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice — loss of life, to preserve our freedom,” he said.
Veteran Everett Johnson brought a special plaque to the dinner. It was presented to Johnson and his wife on behalf of his son Master Sergeant first-class Everett F. Johnson Jr. who flew aboard a C-130 aircraft on Sept. 16, 2007 on a combat mission over Afghanistan in support of the U.S. war against terrorism. The plaque contains a portion of a flag flown aboard the aircraft on the mission —Operation Enduring Freedom, and is signed by the other members of the crew.
Boy Scout troop 410, that is chartered by the legion, performed a flag retirement ceremony outside, following the dinner. Participating were Scoutmaster Larry Springer, Ron Hulett, Keith Knisely and members of the troop: Ian Hulett, Cory Goldsmith, Will Knisely, Andy Knisely and Jacob Springer. Carli Hulett, a Juliette Girl Scout, also participated in the ceremony. Ian Hulett read a prayer and Ron Hulett read the poem “Old Glory” during the ceremony. Don Holden played taps.

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