Close your eyes and imagine about 40 fresh-faced Mason ISD third-graders, led by director Dawn Hahn, singing their spirited rendition of Lee Greenwood’s wonderful patriotic song, God Bless the USA. Well, if you attended The American Legion’s 2008 Veterans Day Ceremony, this performance was one of the highlights. America’s future was mirrored in those little faces, and from them will come our nation’s leaders of tomorrow.
Sterling Jordan, Commander, The American Legion Fort Mason Post #285, served as Master of Ceremonies. The crowd of approximately 125 Masonites stood as Mark Krause, Pastor, Art United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. Next came the third graders, who sang their medley of patriotic songs and then led the assembly in singing The Star-Spangled Banner. Sterling Jordan read the list of Mason military service names currently on active duty and in the reserves, and remembered LCPL Matthew Puckett, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country during the Iraq War.
The usual quiet of the Courthouse Square was shattered as The American Legion Rifle Squad [(L-R)George Schoenfeld, Eli Castillo, Jerry Carlman, Lawrence Spell, Ed Laycock & Mike Shanley] fired off a rifle salute to honor American veterans, whose sacrifices ensure that all Americans, regardless of color, race, religion, sex or political affiliation, can live free from tyranny. To close, Mark Krause gave a heartfelt benediction for the protection of the assembled crowd and all our veterans serving in harm’s way.
The members of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite everyone to join us on Monday, May 25, 2009, at 11:00am, for our Memorial Day Ceremony, which honors those veterans who have passed on. During the month of May, The American Legion & Auxiliary place more than 700 flags on the graves of Mason County’s veterans in more than 20 local cemeteries.
For more information on this meeting or the activities of the American Legion, please contact Sterling Jordan, 347-6778, or Mike Shanley, 347-9016. For information on the Ladies Auxiliary, please contact Gail Coldiron, 347-9016.
Headline: American Legion Poppy Ladies on Veterans Day
Caption: American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Ladies, Leta Durst (L) and Nancy Laycock (R) distributed Memorial poppies to folks attending Fort Mason Post 285’s 2008 Veterans Day Ceremony, held at the Mason County Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse Square.