annual Americanism Banquet
Foreign Wars Post 7262...
April 2, 2012
annual Americanism Banquet
Bliss, Senior Scribe
of a banquet is normally unemotional, objective, and filled with
blandly describing the event. An apology is offered now for any
the expected report.
reason for the Americanism Banquet is to recognize and present awards
youth who successfully competed in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of
Democracy Contests. Other awards are also given out during the course
County winners of Voice of Democracy awards were: Samantha Shook,
Tim Harless, Greenville HS; Courtney Moody, Ansonia HS; Taylor Bergman,
HS ; and Jenny Mayo, Ansonia HS.
County winners of Patriot’s Pen awards were: Alexander Onkst,
High; Hayley Maher, St. Mary’s School; Kelsie Hunt, Mississinawa
Shelby Manning, Mississinawa Valley.
presentations by Samatha Shook and Tim Harless clearly reflected the
achieve quality and convey a sincere message. Shook, an Ansonia
the District 3 Voice of Democracy winner. The recognition, by the
presented, received added emphasis when each winner was presented with
for their efforts. Again,
congratulations and keep up the good work.
honor to VFW Post 7262, and those attending, was the presence of Gerald
Ward – Commander Department of Ohio. His speech established a level of
for a job well done by Post 7262. Commander Ward actively participated
presentation of documents and memorabilia to each of the award winners.
Commander Ward presented The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7262 with a
congratulation and a certificate commemorating the Auxiliary’s 65th
this year. Additionally, Ward presented the Auxiliary with the National
Military Services Award.
Ladies’ Auxiliary has worked hard all of its 65 years to provide
veterans. It is nice to the National office recognize us on our 65th
anniversary.” said Auxiliary president Lyn Bliss.
Richard N. Adams (R-80) spoke about “FREEDOM”. The remarks and facts
were very timely and appropriate for the audience of veterans,
families, veteran boosters and interested family and friends. The ten
presentation established an excellent foundation for the second
States Army First Sergeant Mickey Burress followed Adams. His
started with an explanation that he had a written speech because he was
public speaker. First Sergeant Burress reviewed his 25 years of service
many of his experiences. Though by his own words - not a public
very emotional portrayal of his experiences with his friends in
reached out and touched the hearts of most of the people present. The
each of us owe to the over 40,000 wounded warriors from the Middle East
conflict over the last ten years was clearly presented by the Sergeant.
thank you for your service and a truly touching presentation.”
Auxiliary member Gail Snyder, chairlady for the event.
of folks expected was about 85 but a total of 120 were served. The
Club efficiently and rapidly served everyone properly. One unique
their technique involved a small group of Key Club members distributing
food from a single large tray. One girl handled the tray for all the
for a job well done. Also, our
thanks to the crew that prepared the food and the great job done by the
Club.” said VFW Post 7262’s Commander Scott Reed.
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