San­taquin Le­gion Aux­il­iary hon­ors veter­ans at din­ner

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By He­len Kester

The San­taquin Veter­ans/Se­nior Cit­i­zen Cen­ter was packed to ca­pac­ity at the Novem­ber meet­ing as Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary #84 hon­ored 61 veter­ans and their part­ners with a prime rib din­ner in recog­ni­tion of Veter­ans Day. The crowd was en­ter­tained dur­ing the evening by Heather Hunt on the pi­ano.

A talk was given by Col. Ron­ald S. Jensen, US Army Ret., who spoke on his mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ences and the dif­fer­ences in the dif­fer­ent wars over the years.

Aux­il­iary Pres­i­dent Chris Richins an­nounced that due to the aux­il­iary’s fundrais­ing this year, it was able to do­nate a check to the Fisher House at the VA Hos­pi­tal in Salt Lake City for $1,000 to be used as needed. The aux­il­iary also do­nated $500 to San­taquin Amer­i­can Le­gion Post #84 for new flags and main­te­nance at the San­taquin Ceme­tery Me­mo­rial.

An Amer­i­can­ism Quilt was given away to win­ner D. Frand­sen of Leam­ing­ton. Next up was Andy Goudy, who en­ter­tained the crowd with cow­boy poetry.

The Amer­i­can Le­gion pre­sented Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Awards to Ted Jones and Cle­ment “Jake” Kester for their work with the unit over the years. The aux­il­iary was hon­ored to have the mayor of San­taquin and coun­cil mem­bers in at­ten­dance.

Last but not least, the aux­il­iary cel­e­brated its 60th an­niver­sary since be­com­ing a unit. Char­ter mem­ber Bon­nie Kay (Ol­son) was present to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion.

Maple­ton artist Karl Hale’s work “Each Life” is cur­rently on dis­play at the Springville Mu­seum of Art.

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