Paul Bennett, George A. Whiteman Memorial Post 642 member, toured southern Missouri the first part of March with the American Legion’s national vice commander for Region 6 and the Missouri state commander. Over a four-day period, they traveled 1,300 miles and visited 25 posts. The annual membership tour was deemed a success.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591 in Sedalia elected officers for 2013-2014 on April 15.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4195 met April 5 at the post in Knob Noster. Officers for the new year were elected. They are Michael Fisk, commander; Jack Andrada, senior vice commander; Emmette Smelley, junior vice commander; Jim McCoy, quartermaster; Leo Watson, chaplain; Jeff Willming, judge advocate; Randy Sellers, surgeon; Bill Wheat, officer of the day; Edward “Bruce” Cantey, third-year trustee; David Koehler, second-year trustee; and Gary Swearingen, third-year trustee.
On Sunday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591 hosted a program in honor of veterans who served in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Sedalia 40 & 8 veterans’ organization is collecting valentines to be sent to veterans’ hospitals and veterans’ homes in Missouri.
American Legion Post 16 recently presented nursing scholarships to four students at State Fair Community College. Recipients were, from left, Melissa Bedwell, Becca Haston, Megan Salyer and Casey Landsberg. On the back row are George Fairfax, post commander; Dr. Brent Bates, vice president for education and student support service; Emmett Fairfax, trustee of Post 16; and Rhonda Hutton Gann, nursing instructor. Post 16 has been supporting the nursing program for several years and has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to date.
From left, Jack Andrada, Bruce Cantey, Bill Wheat and Commander Dave Koehler, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4195 in Knob Noster, hosted the dedication of a plaque honoring John Harold Welch, a Knob Noster native son, who was killed in action in Vietnam on Nov. 1, 1967. Welch’s mother, his sister Mary West and other relatives were present at the ceremony. In addition, several local citizens attended the ceremony. The public is invited to see the monument under the flag pole at the post on state Route D.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591 will host a salute to veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan on Feb. 24 at 121 S. Ohio Ave. A ham and bean dinner will be from 1 to 4 p.m. with proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors project and the VFW veteran’s service officer program.
Alyssa Durrill, of Northwest High School, and Jesse Carroll, of Sacred Heart High School, were named the winners of the American Legion, Pettis County Oratorical Scholarship Contest.