Originally Published: November 23, 2011 8:24 a.m.
During a recent American Legion Post 122 meeting in Cordes Lakes, it was quite a surprise when the District 8 Regional Commander, Wilber Quick, said he had three citations to present to the group.
Cmdr. Quick had traveled from Cottonwood to provide the proper dignity to the awards.
In the absence of Cmdr. Ron Johnson, Vice Cmdr. Doug Irvine accepted, on behalf of the post, a commendation for Americanism, one for Children & Youth, and one for Highest Percentage of membership increase, which was for 2010.
The post has sent more than 4,000 boxes of candy, food, toiletries and other needs for soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. (See related story, page 1).
Nathaniel Hyde, site manager, OEF-A, in Afghanistan, wrote in a letter, "We were able to send a couple of packages on to units that didn't have a PX. Some of our linguists didn't even have toothbrushes, so the packages were very well received."
Teaching flag etiquette in schools is another project of post members. The enthusiastic volunteers who have been helping raise and lower the flags on Cordes Lakes' Avenue of Flags is another tribute to the post members.
The American Legion Post 122 is looking to increase membership for 2011.
For more information on Post 122, call 928-632-7819.