Bellows Falls American Legion Post #37 celebrates Veterans Day

Major Bill Maynard, Sgt. First Class Forde Delibec, Legion Commander Smokey Aumand, Bill Stevens of Edward Jones, Pastors Matt and Brenda Farkas. Photo by Diane Beers.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – This past Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. American Legion Post #37 shook the town of Bellows Falls. The Post was packed with 106 veterans, Auxiliary ladies, Sons of the Legion, Fall Mountain Regional High School JROTC cadets and family guests. The Ladies Auxiliary Unit #37 recited the POW/MIA Remembrance Service, which spoke to the hearts of everyone in attendance.

Commander Smokey Aumand stated, “We filled the hall with the Old Timers from WWII, Korea, the Vietnam time period, to modern day forces of military personnel from the Gulf, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and the various wars on terror.”

The veterans and guests also heard from three speakers during the evening activities. Major Maynard talked about the importance of a strong military and career, Bill Stevens of Edward Jones spoke on the “whys” of entering the U.S. Military, and Pastor Farkas spoke about keeping God at the center of your life, as it says in the American Legion Preamble, “for God and country.”

Adjutant Linda Perham, who put together a fantastic historical presentation, also said, “There are representatives from all five service branches here tonight: the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and the Air Force, where both men and women have served. Tonight is for them.”

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