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Cordes Lakes Legion serves up spaghetti, meatballs, and lots of fun

Cordes Lakes American Legion Post #122 members take time for a photo with Orme students who volunteered their help during a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this past Saturday. Students from Orme School often help in volunteer efforts in the community, including serving at dinners such as Saturday's, and in community cleanups.<br>
BBNPhoto/Pat Williamson

Cordes Lakes American Legion Post #122 members take time for a photo with Orme students who volunteered their help during a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this past Saturday. Students from Orme School often help in volunteer efforts in the community, including serving at dinners such as Saturday's, and in community cleanups.<br> BBNPhoto/Pat Williamson

On Saturday, March 6, American Legion Post 122 members conducted their annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Cordes Lakes Community Center.

Students from Orme School helped with set-up and served the dinner. Legion Members and volunteers helped with the cooking and cleanup.

More than 90 people enjoyed great spaghetti, and those who wanted them could also add meatballs. Desserts ranged from red velvet cake to banana cream pie.

When the evening began, Legion members set a table and chair for the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, and lit a candle on the table.

This is a tradition set long ago in hopes of welcoming lost soldiers home. Many are unaware that the American Legion began just after World War I.

Members must have served in wartime to be eligible for membership.

After the remembrance, the event became lively, with the Potato Patch band playing and singing through the evening.

Some of the winners of raffle prizes included John Gillis, who now has a gift certificate from Leo Motorsports.

Diane Wartman was busy in the kitchen, so her mother Laverne Pretyman accepted her prize, a gift certificate for C.J. Diner.

Joanne Loos also won a gift certificate for the new 50s Big Boomer from C.J. Diner.

The Orme School group did such a great job that the Legion wanted to have a picture taken with them.

The Legion members and the Orme students, who hail from all over the world, enjoyed great interaction and teamwork during the evening.

Jack Williamson thanked the Orme group leader, Jeremiah Hakundy, for the group's help during the dinner.

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