|Wauneta’s American Legion: 80 years of service|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:42|
Dale Bischoff, Wauneta American Legion Adjutant, stands next to the wall of thank you notes and award ribbons the Post has received over the years. These kind words and recognition of accomplishments decorate one wall of the American Legion meeting room.
By Sheri Hink
The Wauneta Breeze
The American Legion was originally started on March 17, 1919, by a group of World War I veterans who were in Paris waiting to come home to the United States.
Their goal in organizing what would become The American Legion was to stay connected, help one another, never forget their wartime experiences and defend the values and ideals for which they had fought. For the past 93 years American Legion Posts have been welcoming new patriots to enjoy these ideals.
Wauneta’s American Legion Post #304 was established in 1932 and has been serving the community of Wauneta ever since.
Although Wauneta’s Legion Post has seen dwindling numbers in the past few years, currently, they have 57 members, who are still willing and able to provide a great number of services to the community of Wauneta.
Legion members perform honor guard duty at veteran services, host the Memorial Day services at the cemeteries each year. Legion members also walk the Color Guard for parades in the area and maintain the cemetery directory.
They help with disabled American veteran programs. Wauneta’s Post also replaced the old wooden crosses at the cemetery with the new, low-maintenance white crosses that are enjoyed today.
The Legion Post #304 also serves the youth of the community through baseball programs and Cub Scouts. They also sponsor the girls and boys law cadet program where young people can learn about law enforcement as a career.
The Legion also sends a high school youth to Boys State where participants learn about citizenship and receive training on city, county and state government.
The Legion has held fundraisers in the past to raise the money needed to perform and sponsor these many activities, but Dale Bischoff, the Post’s adjutant, says that the majority of their funds today come from renting the American Legion building that was put up in 1985. The Post also receives some funding from donations made for honor guard performances and from memorials.
Wauneta’s American Legion also welcomes donations from the public. Individuals can direct donations to Wauneta American Legion Post #304, PO Box 381, Wauneta, NE 69045.
Series on local organizations
This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting service organizations in the Wauneta area. The purpose of the series is to inform the public of what local organizations are doing for the community and how they can help.
At the end of the series, Breeze readers will be asked to vote for their favorite organization. The organization receiving the most votes will be given a $50 donation to use towards the project of its choice.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:44|