Malta Bend American Legion Post 558 celebrates 65th anniversary
On Sunday, March 18, members of Malta Bend American Legion Post 558, and their families, celebrated the 65th anniversary of the founding of the post.
Ninety-two people turned out for a catered dinner, which featured brisket, pulled pork and a full menu. Dinner events included bingo, a formal cake cutting and recognition of member’s service time in the American Legion. Passed legion members were also recognized at the celebration.
Two charter members were present and cut the cake. Harold “Bud” Castle and Harrell H. Boedeker were part of the group that chartered Malta Bend Memorial Post in 1953, and have been actively supporting it ever since.
The post honored 29 members for their longevity of service, with a presentation of certificates and cap pins. Those receiving awards were: 20 years of service: Richard F. Garner, Robert L. Green, Terry D. Nichols; 25 years of service: Jesse W. Bradshaw, David P. Duffer, James M. Figg, Richard H. Luebbering; 30 years of service: John F. Bacon, James L. Burnside, Charles T. Henning, Randall P. Hoey, Floyd H. Riggins, George B. Turley, David Windmeyer, Loren Windmeyer; 35 years of service: Gerald W. Arth, Marshall E. Krause; 40 years of service: James Huesgen, David Lakenburger, Charles W. McCorkle; 45 years of service: Wilfred W. Boedeker, Edward L. Duvall, Floyd King; 50 years of service: Glendell R. Dowell, Jerry Mann, Thomas L. McRoberts, Oden Sullivan; 65 years of service: charter members Harrell H. Boedeker and Harold “Bud” Castle. In total, 1,055 years of service to the post and community were recognized.
Adjunct Steve Olson provided short comments about the American Legion’s upcoming 100th anniversary next year, with some comments from a 100th birthday celebration he MC’d in the fall for a retired Navy ensign. Though the ensign was not a legion member, his uncle was a World War 1 veteran who was a charter member of the American Legion, and was actively engaged in the legion’s founding in 1919. His uncle relayed to him a number of stories about what the founding members were attempting to do.
Overall, the founding members wanted to ensure that the turmoil and devastation from the Great War they survived – which was fought at such a global consuming nature – was never repeated. To ensure that, the history must be preserved.
In closing, the post remembered Chester L. Barnes, J.D. Heitman, JR Wade, George V. Crutchfield and David G. Windmeyer, members that passed over the prior year. Formal honors were rendered and TAPS was played.