Our Post 41 family have had a very busy holiday season again this year. We celebrated the season by enjoying a great dinner and social time at our annual Christmas Dinner. We were also able to give back to our community by helping a few of our less fortunate citizens have a better Christmas. Some of the activities also provided us with an opportunity to promote Post 41 and The American Legion. Thanks to everyone who participated in our activities and helped to make this a very merry Christmas season.
Berryville Christmas Parade On December 5th, about thirty Legionnaires participated in the Berryville Christmas Parade. We handed out over 800 small U.S. flags to spectators and over 125 pounds of candy to children along the parade route.
Parking Meters on Parade
Thanks to the efforts of Legionnaires Larry Hardesty, John Harris and Larry Allison, Post 41 decorated a parking meter in the Parking Meters on Parade contest sponsored by Berryville Main Street. They decorated the meter in front of Jane’s Lunch on East Main Street using a military theme.
Christmas Dinner On December 12th, Post 41 held its annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday at the John Enders Fire Hall. We had a large turn-out of about 170 members of our Post family. Brucetown United Methodist Church members prepared the meal that was enjoyed by everyone.
Auxiliary Unit 41 collected items for the patients at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. Members of our Post family generously filled the collection box. The Auxiliary’s 50-50 drawing to support its programs at the VA Center was won by Legionnaire Larry Allison..
Legionnaire and Songmaster Bill Probst led the group in singing several Christmas carols. Everyone sang with great gusto, even if some were a little off key. A good time was had by all.
On December 10th, several members of Post 41 reported for KP Duty at Brucetown United Methodist Church to peel potatoes for the Legion’s Christmas Dinner. Since the church is catering our Christmas Dinner, we volunteered to help by peeling potatoes that were served at the dinner. The church ladies showed their appreciation by fixing the peelers a nice lunch of home-made chicken and dumplings. Everyone remained “cut free”, so no Purple Heats were awarded for this dangerous activity.
Adopt-A-Family for Christmas Post 41 adopted two senior citizen families for Christmas this year. The Clarke County Senior Center provided the names of the families and their Christmas food wish lists. Legionnaires Bob Jackson, Terry Hayton and Bob Ferrebee did the shopping and delivered the food baskets in time for Christmas. Each family was provided with a basket full of food and gift cards.