News Around the District

Marion Post 298 celebrates 100 years
Marion Post 298 was recently featured in a story shown on CBS2/FOX18, Cedar Rapids.  Shown left to right
are Post Commander Tom Thompson, Post 298 Centennial Committee Chairman Roger Norfolk and
2nd District Commander Dick Hogan.  To view the segiment and read the story, click here.
~submitted by Roger Norfolk & Dick Hogan
Marion Post 298
Wreaths Across America
Blue Grass Post 711
Blue Grass Post 711 provided the color guard for the Wreaths Across America Ceremony
held on 15 December 2018, at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal.
From left to right are Color Guard Commander Ben Lorenzen, Post Commander Mike Salter,
John Hudson, Gary Berndt, Al McDonnell, Wayne Kraft and John Fell.
Major General Duane Gamble, Commanding General of the US Army
Sustainment Command, addresses the participants and attendees
during the ceremony.
2nd District Vice Commander Don Arns and Civil Air Patrol
Cadet Captain Peacock place the wreath in honor of the US Army
during the ceremony.
~submitted by Don Arns, Blue Grass Post 711
National American Legion Press Association
~photos by Tina Arns, Blue Grass Post 711
National American Legion Press Association
National Vice Commander Tour
Dubuque Post 6 Stop
Dubuque Post 6 Commander Bob Felderman (right) points out highlights of
the Post to National Vice Commander (NVC) James Sweet, during the NVC's
stop in Dubuque on 14 November.
Legionnaires pose with National Commander James Sweet at Dubuque Post 6.
From left to right: Alternate National Executive Committeeman Dennis Soppe, National
Executive Committeeman Jerry Sebben, National Vice Commander James Sweet,
Dubuque Post 6 Commander Bob Felderman and Department Commander Scott Moline.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
National Vice Commander Tour
Davenport Post 26 Stop
Department Commander Scott Moline addresses Legionnaires on Wednesday, 14 November,
during the National Vice Commander's stop at Davenport Post 26.
National Vice Commander James Sweet, from Mississippi, addresses Legionnaires
during his visit to Davenport Post 26.
~submitted by Don Arns, Blue Grass Post 711
National American Legion Press Association
Veteran Day Ceremonies
Oxford Junction Elementary and Midland High Schools
Legionnaires from Oxford Junction Post 473, Lost Nation Post 381 and
Wyoming Post 259 muster before Veteran Day ceremonies held on 9 November
at Oxford Junction Elementary School and Midland High School.
Legionnaires prepare to present certificates during recent
Veteran Day ceremonies.
Students thank Veterans for their service.
Guest Speaker Virginia Carter speaks during the assembly.
Veterans stand as they are recognized during the Oxford Junction Elementary School assembly.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
Jones County
The semi-annual Jones County American Legion and Auxiliary meetings were held in
Oxford Junction on Thursday, September 20th.  Legionnaires shown (from left) are
Bill Goodman, Jones County Adjutant; Bob Waugh, Department Vice Commander;
Curtis Thornhill, Jones County Commander; and Ron Nowachek, Wapsi Post 473 Commander.
Auxiliary members shown (from left) are Helen Hildebrand, 2nd District President;
Nadine Ruley, Jones County Secretary-Treasurer; Kathy McCloy, County President;
and Barb Brauer, County Chaplain.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
~photos submitted by Marlene Flory
Cascade Post 528
New officers for Cascade Post 528 were sworn in by 2nd District Commander Dick Hogan
on September 12th.  New officers are (from the left):  Commander Mike Weber, Vice Commander
Ron Schwendinger, SGT-at-Arms Ken Bruck, Membership Chairman Matt Donovan and
Adjutant Pete McAllister.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
~photo submitted by Bill Donovan, Cascade Post 528
Dubuque Post 6
Department Commander Mike Etzel administers the oath of office to incoming Post
Officers of Dubuque Post 6 at their July 10th meeting.
Department Commander Mike Etzel (left) addresses incoming Commander
Bob Felderman (center) and outgoing Commander Dick Ziemet (right).
Dubuque Post 6 has had over 100 commanders since their Post was chartered; of those,
22 former commanders are still living.  Shown left to right are past Commander Gary Kircher,
John Richardson, Don Riedl, Warner Hellmer, Dick Bridges, Nick Lucy, John Ziemet and
current Commander Bob Felderman.
Department Commander Mike Etzel is shown presenting a Commanders Coin to
Mike Martin for his efforts in transferring over 50 at-large members into Post 6.
Well done, Mike!!!
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
~photos taken by Gary Kircher, Dubuque Post 6
Historian, Dubuque Post 6

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