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Flag Flies Over New Post at Sunrise - New Era Unfurls as Knightstown Legion Officially Opens New Post; Opening Ceremony Honors Longtime Legion, SAL and Auxiliary Members
October 24, 2007 - Knightstown American Legion Post 152 officially opened its new post Saturday.
Although the grand opening ceremony took place Saturday, the event began Friday evening when Post 152 Color Guard members for the last time lowered the flag at its longtime post on south Franklin Street.
At dawn Saturday morning, the color guard, along the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home JROTC color guard raised the flag over the new post located at 224 E. Main Street. The Knightstown High School band performed the National Anthem as the flag ascended. The band then performed “Yankee Doodle Dandy” for the 20 spectators. A free community breakfast followed the flag raising.
Later in the day, a special dinner and recognition ceremony was held at the new post. A steak dinner accompanied a presentation by Post 152 Commander Ron Rayl and Post 152 Board of Trustees Chairman Jerry Jordan. The dinner event drew about three dozen people, many of them older members who wouldn’t have been able to attend if it had been held at the Franklin Street post. The new post features ground-floor access which is easier to navigate for elderly legionnaires.
Commander Ron Rayl honored several longtime legion members, particularly a group who’ve been members 60 years or longer. Among them are Bill Barker, Jack Trump, Ronnie Veach, Louie Merchant, George Schatzlein, Tom Mayhill, Ralph Henderson and John McKain.
Post 152 Auxiliary Commander Linda Newkirk honored auxiliary members with 50 or more years of membership. That group included Bonnie Brewer, Juanita Messick, a 60-year member, and Shirley Jackson.
Rayl also honored some Sons of the American Legion members for their work on the new post. They included Larry Roy, Brad Evans, Brian Ratliff, Jimmy Newkirk, Wade Stewart, Ryan Plank, Rick Harris and Eric Moore. Rayl also honored local emergency medical technician Terry Hamilton, who was the legion’s district EMT of the Year and a state finalist.
Banner Publisher Eric Cox said last week’s story about the legion’s original home was incorrect. When founded in 1919, Knightstown American Legion Post 152 met on the third floor of the old town hall building on north Franklin Street – not in a legion house located at the corner of Main and Franklin streets.
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