American Legion Post 431 presented Plaques of Appreciation for outstanding service the past three years. Commander Denny Ross, far left, presented the plaques to, l to r, Tim Miller, Russell Hart, Gerald Groft, Denny Belle, Bill Welch and Bill Peddicord.

Legion recognizes members, nominates officers

American Legion Post 431 met in regular session April 20 with 12 members present.

Minutes and reports were read and approved.

Legacy Portraits took 24 individual portraits of families and others April 10. Members agreed this was a worthwhile project and will have Legacy back in the near future.

At present, 10 parents, grandparents or spouses have received the Blue Star Service Flag for their loved one's service in the military. Two, two-Star Service Flags have been presented. This is an ongoing project of the Legion's and the Flags are available free of charge. The only requirement is that the Service Member be serving on Active Duty. Contact the Legion if a Service Flag is desired.

Tom Eakin, a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, will be present at the next Legion meeting to speak with members.

A $50 donation was made to the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, which is located in Sunbury, and is the only state-recognized memorial for all Ohio military personnel killed or missing in action during the War on Terrorism. To date, 192 brave men and women have been lost from Ohio.

A $50 donation was made to the Newcomerstown Middle School to assist Pete Raymond, a life member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, to portray the country's 16th President for the history class.

Commander Denny Ross announced the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall will be in Dennison this summer. The Wall patches are available for $5. Contact the Legion at 498-6920 if a patch is desired.

Allen Duke Gadd was accepted as a regular member of the Legion.

Sick call was announced and members were encouraged to contact these comrades.

Commander Ross presented Plaques of Appreciation for outstanding service the past three years to Bill Peddicord, Bill Welch, Gerald Groft, Deny Belle, Russ Hart and Tim Miller. He said that without their service, the Legion could not have maintained operations.

Nominations for officers were received from the floor and are as follows:

Commander -- Jim Everhart and Bill Peddicord;

1st Vice Commander -- Gerald Groft;

2nd Vice Commander -- Dave Casteel;

Finance Officer -- Harry A. Kenney;

Adjutant -- Denny Belle;

Sergeant At Arms -- Russ Hart;

Three Year Trustee -- John Joyner and Jason Miller;

Chaplain -- Denny Belle;

Alternate Trustees -- Jim Everhart and Bill Welch;

Nominations also will be received from the floor at the May 18 meeting at 7 p.m. Election will follow as will the oath of offices.

Commander Ross announced the following Honor Guard activities:

May 6 -- Post and retrieve the Flag at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

May 16 -- Program at Waggoner Cemetery (firing and Taps).

May 24 -- Program at Bethel Cemetery (firing and Taps); program at River Hill Cemetery with Congressman Zack Space will honor deceased veterans (firing and Taps); program at Stone Creek Cemetery (firing and Taps): Port Washington Cemetery (firing and Taps); Newcomerstown East Lawn Cemetery (firing and Taps); and Newcomerstown Bridge Street Cemetery (firing and Taps).

May 25 -- Memorial Day program at Newcomerstown West Lawn Cemetery. Memorial Day program at Port Washington. (There is a dinner, free of charge, at the Legion for veterans and their families following Memorial Day programs).

May 30 -- Program at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center in Newcomerstown honoring Civil War veterans.

Anyone interested in joining the Honor Guard should contact the Legion.

Commander Ross and the officers encourage those interested in the Legion to become involved.

"The American Legion needs your assistance to continue our community support. A few of the Legion's support include donations to Newcomerstown Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts; Newcomerstown Museum; Newcomerstown and Port Washington Baseball Little League; Gnadenhutten Girls' Softball League; Port Washington PTO; Newcomerstown wall locker restoration; and many more. Some activities include Honor Guard participation at funerals and programs, etc. Legion members annually place the flags on graves in numerous cemeteries. Some of the cemeteries are West Lawn, East Lawn, Kings, Hartwood, Peoples, Couts, Bridge Street, Peoli and Everals. During the past several years, sons, daughters and grandchildren of Legion members have received scholarships as have some members themselves. All this has been made possible by membership participation," Commander Ross said.

The next Legion meeting is May 18 at 7 p.m.