Parker Post 1864 Announces Scott Neff as the Post Legionnaire of the year
Colorado Post 1980 continues 30-year
Veterans Day tradition
For 30 years, American Legion Eric V. Dickson Post 1980 in Woodland Park, Colo., has hosted a Veterans Day dinner at a local venue, inviting Teller County veterans, active-duty military, National Guardsmen and reservists, and their family members.
For Post 1980 Commander Dan Williams, cancelling this year’s dinner wasn’t on the table. Because, Williams said, for many of the attendees it’s much more than a dinner.
“This county’s probably got about 6,000 (veterans) in it, which is pretty high for a small county. It’s around 20 percent,” Williams said. “And my experience, and I’ve been the commander there for six years, is that (the Veterans Day dinner) is the one time of the year folks come out of the hills that you never see, that aren’t really super involved in anything. The widows come out, the Gold Star (families) and all that.”
Williams said the event has drawn as many as 500 attendees, but rules regarding large gatherings wouldn’t allow for that this year. So instead of having one large meal, Post 1980 set up two dinners – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – in order to safely continue the tradition.
This year’s event was moved to Shining Mountain Golf Club, where tables were spaced far enough apart for proper social distancing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines were followed. Williams said that while the post’s American Legion Family traditionally prepares the barbecue meal, this year’s was catered. “We have a vulnerable population,” he said. “We’re right there with our Vietnam vets being 75 and 80 (years old) now. So we wore the masks … and followed all the guidelines.”
Post 1980, Woodland Park, honors Homeless Veteran
On 14 August 2020, Private First Class Winston Randolph Hodges passed away. PFC Hodges was an Army Veteran and served at Fort Riley, KS as a Field Communications Lineman. The American Legion Post 1980 conducted the Post Everlasting memorial service in his honor at Woodland Park Veterans hall. Following that, taps was played and his ashes spread near Catamount Lake in the shadow of Pikes peak. PFC Hodges was homeless and had no family or friends in this area. As there was no next of kin to receive the burial flag, it will be displayed at the Woodland Park Library.
Photos by Cindy Meyer
Post 13 Commander Bill Hartless named Post Commander of the Year by Commander Dean Noechel
Commander Noechel presents Commander Hartless a plaque naming him as the 2019-2020 Post Commander of the Year
Fellow members of American Legion Post 123, The Virtual Post,
It has been a while and I apologize for not staying in more frequent contact. Seems like every time I’m ready to send something out things change.
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There are three upcoming dates that may be of interest to you.
DEPARTMENT CONVENTION June 24-27, 2021, Elegante Hotel Colorado Springs, 719-576-5900 to make reservations.
BOYS STATE, July 11-16 at the same hotel as above. Our Boys State Director Tom Bock, PNCtombock@coloradolegion.org is looking for more attendees and counsellors. You can reach him @ 800-477-1655. Give him an email or call if you can help.
VIETNAM MOVING WALL – Will be in Walsenburg, CO June 17-21 This, legionnaires, is worth seeing. Walsenburg Post 16 Adjutant Dave Rogers and his staff in Walsenburg have done an outstanding job in bringing this wall to Colorado. One of the Post Army Vets set up a website so please call or email Dave at 719-738-9965 email David51@centurylink.net as he is looking for a little help. Hope to see you there.
Post 123, The Virtual Post. Let’s get back on track, say goodbye to the pandemic and make 2021 our best year ever. Commander Doug Winter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Member Post 103
Colorado Legion Post 119 honors Old Glory
American Legion Post 119 in Estes Park Colorado,
marked Flag Day with a simple ceremony to retire
worn and unserviceable flags.
Jun 18, 2020
Department Commander Dean Noechel installs the new Post officers for Canon City Post 13
on Tuesday August 4 at their Post home
Canon City Post 13
Repainted American Legion Post 13 – Patriotic Red White and Blue.
L to R Cmdr Bill Hartless, Legionnaire Michael, Kayleb, and Sundee Shelest,
Finance Officer Al Augustine, and Adjutant Tim Grabin.