New vet van needs decals, will be ready by year’s end

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By Robert Maisch

The Nov. 7 meeting agenda of the Parker-Browder American Legion Post included a recap of the successful Oct. 19 Fun Night fundraiser. The volunteers and the Legion Auxiliary members who prepared and served the dinner were thanked.
Jim Silvernagel won the raffle for the 1911 commemorative pistol and survival knife. Jeff Jensen was thanked for this work in planning and preparing the pheasant-themed, monogrammed, limited-edition liquor bottles for the evening’s raffles. The Legion members appreciate the continued support of the community and the out-of-town guests in this effort.
Post 4 has acquired a replacement van for transporting veterans to medical appointments in Pierre and Fort Meade. Following some decal work, the van is expected to be in service before the end of the year. Shawn Speirs, the new Fort Meade Director of Veterans Services, has asked that area post transportation coordinators assist in reducing the number of extra runs on non-run days. It is recognized there will be times when the schedule can’t be changed due to specialty clinics, but other appointments can be changed without much problem. A copy of the memo will be given to veteran riders so they can help reduce fuel costs and extend the life of the DAV van.
Members made plans for support of the Veterans Day program by supplying flags for the elementary grades and the Color Guard for the middle and high school.
On Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the WWI Armistice Agreement was signed. In 1938, Nov. 11 was designated as a federal holiday, known as Armistice Day. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to also honor WWII and Korean War veterans. Today, Veterans Day recognizes all those who have served during wartime and peacetime.
A new member, Kelly Silvernagel, and guest Bill Zacher were in attendance. The post is now one member short of achieving its membership goal.
The next meeting is Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at the post home.

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