In what has been become a long-standing tradition, American Legion members host a dinner at the post for community members who don't want to eat or spend the day by themselves. This year's meal featured turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, ham, green beans and warm rolls. Cake and pumpkin pie were served for dessert.
The Legion also delivers meals to the homes of those who are unable to make it to the meeting hall. This year more than 80 meals were delivered by volunteers. That is up from last year, according to post commander Alvin Mohlfeld. The number may have been higher, but the post's telephone was out for a good part of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 23, when most of the calls would have come in, said Mohlfeld.
As it was, there were still more meals delivered and served at the hall than last year. Mohlfeld said that the success of this years meal was due in large part to the donations of two individuals; that and the volunteers. "Thank God for volunteers," Mohlfeld said.
While the Green Bay Packers were beating the Detroit Lions, friends like Mike Headley, Rex Williams and J.D. Riddle enjoyed their meal and some conversation. Old friends came up during their discussion, as did cattle, when a certain family came into the area, and how good the pie tasted.
One of about 50 people served at the hmeeting hall, Headley said he had been coming to the Legion for the Thanksgiving meal "for several years" -- more than he could remember. Williams said he was not a member of the Legion and "I only come here once a year." He added he enjoys the meal each year.
Some came alone; others with a friend and still others came with the entire family. All were thankful for the meal and the work of the volunteers, some of whom Mohlfeld wanted to recognize. He said the meal would not be possible without the help of people like John and Sharon Foreman, Jack and Angie Simmons, Cindy Gast, Jessica Medley, John Driskell and many others who donated money or time, cooked, served and delivered the holiday meals.