On April 8th, our annual Awards & Appreciation Dinner was held at the John H. Enders Fire Company. This was an opportunity to thank the individuals and groups who contributed to another successful year for the Post. Over150 members of our Legion family attended this year’s dinner.
We were honored to have Past Department Vice Commander John Kokernak, Department Vice Commander Frank Hillyard, Past Department Auxiliary President Cindy Kokernak, and Department Auxiliary Chairperson Darla Lisbon attend the dinner. Several elected officials from Clarke County and Berryville also attended.
A delicious home-cooked dinner was provided by Brucetown United Methodist Church. They also provided an assortment of home-made desserts. Members of Post 41 volunteered to peel the potatoes for the dinner—no injuries occurred so no Purple Hearts were awarded this year.
Before the dinner, the Auxiliary conducted the Five-Candle Memorial Service in memory of Post members who have died this year. The five candles symbolizing Peace, Faith, Hope, Love, and Memory were lighted in honor of these members.
Post 41’s 88 Vietnam War Era veterans were honored and recognized for their service. Each veteran was presented a label pin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The following people received awards or special recognition:
- Larry Hardesty was recognized as the Post’s “Legionnaire of the Year”.
- Legionnaire Allan McWilliams and Arthur Cunningham were recognized for fifty continuous years of membership in The American Legion.
- Legionnaire’s Bob Jackson, Jim Wink, Bill Stewart, Ed Novak, Larry Allison, Larry Hardesty, John Harris, George Dellinger, Dev Morrison, and Bob and Jane Heflin were recognized for their efforts in coordinating the Post’s numerous programs and activities.
- Bonni Broy from Clarke County High School was presented a gift certificate as thanks for her work coordinating the Virginia Boys & Girls State application and interview process.
- Margaret Linster was thanked and presented bouquets of flowers for providing cookies and cakes for our Legion meetings.
The Auxiliary also recognized several of its members.
It was also announced that Post 41 had donated $1,500 to the Auxiliary to be used in its veterans, community programs, and Virginia Girls State. The Post also donated $750 to the John H. Enders Fire Department and $500 to Boy Scout Troop 34.
In addition to honoring and thanking deserving members, this annual event also provides an excellent opportunity for members of our Post family to socialize and have some fun.