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Greetings from the 6th District.


Here’s wishing that everyone had a Merry Christmas, and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. It seems as though this quarter went by pretty fast, and it did considering what all has transpired.

On Oct. 6, our district officers attended the national commanders visit and walk in Martinsville, Ind. The flowing morning we attended his breakfast at Avon Post 145.  Then, in November, our Auxiliary put on three POW/MIA table dedications on Veterans Day at the assisted living facility in Brownsburg, Ind., Nov. 12 at Plainfield Correctional Post 198, and Nov. 13 at Plainfield Correctional Post 306.

December was full of celebrations and parties. On Dec. 17, there was Department Cmdr. James B. May’s Christmas dinner and party. Also on Dec. 17, Avon Post 145 hosted the Indiana Blue Star “Spirit of Christmas.” Fourteen families and 63 children were given gifts unique to their wants and needs. On Dec. 23, I filled in for our department commander by attending Terre Haute Post 346 for a retirement party and ceremony for John Hayes, a great American Legion Baseball coach of 31 years. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash award, Indiana’s highest honor bestowed upon a Hoosier for their community service.

On Jan. 7, I attended our district level oratorical contest held at Avon Post 145. This was my first experience attending and the contestants were nothing short of awesome.  I would be remiss if I didn’t say anything about my home post, Cicero Post 341. Our post, including our American Legion Riders chapter, raised funds to help purchase a service dog for a veteran’s diabetic teenage daughter in Tipton, Ind. The presentation too place on the north lawn of the Tipton County Court House. Past National Cmdr. Jim Koutz was in attendance and $3,000 was donated to Operation Comfort Warriors.

As usual, I ’m continuing my visitations to the posts in our great district. It’s been rough, though, with my wife in the hospital. She is progressing. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you.