POMEROY — American Legion Post 39 held their 97th annual birthday dinner last Tuesday evening, honoring members of exceptional longevity or involvement.
The meeting opened with Chaplain Jerry Frederick saying grace following a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Commander John Hood shared the National Commander’s message to all legion posts, then began honors and awards.
Fifty-year members Guy Morris and James Burnem received pins and certificates, along with 60-year members Guy. E Guninther, Mick Williams and Don Hunnell.
A trio World War II veterans — Bill King, Jack Lewis and Mick Williams — were also recognized.
Invited guest Jenny Little, of Mills End Fabric Shop in Middleport, presented the legion with gifts described as “two lovely wall hangings” depicting the Wounded Warrior and Constitution of the United States, which are planned for display at the post home.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9053 in Tuppers Plains sent representatives Commander Charlie Mugrage, Peach Mugrage and Randy Reiber to honor an individual “for all her hard work and dedication to all our veterans.”
The receiptent of the honor was JoAnne Newsome, who was presented with a plaque by the VFW, and an American Legion Auxiliary tote bag embroidered with the one of the legion’s foundation principles and motto, “For God and Country.”
Then it was Newsome’s turn to do some presenting with a $250 check on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary for the legion’s Kitchen Fund. She later won the “Split the Pot” raffle and added those proceeds to the Kitchen Fund donation.
Legionnaire of the Year concluded the awards, as Hood gave Jimmy Fry the annual honor.
“We are bestowing this honor for his tremendous community activity and for invaluableness to post operations,” he said.
Fry’s extended family was on hand as Hood explained the significance of the merit, citing how Fry exemplifies legion leadership and service.
“His community activities benefit our community, state and nation,” he concluded.
A final praise of the kitchen staff and a closing prayer ended the Legion’s 97th birthday meeting.