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Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team holds retreat in Missouri

Danny Rice, advisor, Koby Vanderpool, treasurer, Tristen Duncan, student advisor, Kaelin Criqui, secretary, Frank Warner, vice president, Sadie McGowin, reporter, Braden Reed, student council, and Wyatt Lingenfelter, sentinel, get ready to leave for MdCV FFA’s annual officer retreat. Courtesy photo.

This year the 2019-2020 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team took a retreat out of state July 29-31, 2019, venturing to Bennett Springs, Mo. The team included Braden Reed, Frank Warner, Tristen Duncan, Kaelin Criqui, Koby Vanderpool, Wyatt Lingenfelter, and Sadie McGowin.

On their way to Missouri the team made a few pit stops. Stop one was at Epler Farms, where the team learned about how to run a crop operation, its modern equipment and also the new technology in the production agriculture field.

Stop two was at Hiland Dairy Foods Company, in Springfield, Mo. Officers learned more of the dairy processing side of agriculture. Thousands of gallons of fluid milk and gallons of ice cream are processed at this facility, as well as Red Diamond Tea.

After arriving in Bennett Springs, the team spent the next three days bonding, enhancing their leadership skills, and planning activities for the next school year. Some time was spent fishing, cruising around enjoying the scenery, and playing a game of ultimate football.

The team is very excited for the new activities they have planned but also improving previous ones. A few activities planned are the organizational luau, Ag Awareness Day, and possibly a cornhole tournament.

Association announces Osage County Fair results, July 10-13, 2019, Osage City

The Osage County Fair Association has released the 4-H and open class exhibition results for the Osage County Fair held July 10-13, 2019, at Osage City, Kan. Award and ribbon winners were:

Champions named at youth rodeo in Council Grove

Nearly 50 young cowboys and cowgirls from throughout eastern Kansas competed in the youth rodeo Saturday evening, Aug. 3, 2019, at Council Grove, Kan.

Sponsored by the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association, the top four placing entries in each of the 17 events received working awards, reported Lisa Wainwright, rodeo secretary.

Special plaques were presented to the age division winners. Chloe Arndt, Emporia, was recognized as the all-around junior cowgirl, and Drew Richie, Olpe, was honored as the all-around junior cowboy.

All-around intermediate cowgirl was Emma Arndt, Emporia, and Mason Gibson, Reading, received the all-around intermediate cowboy token.

Morgan Goodwin, Milford, collected the all-around senior cowgirl title. No senior division cowboys participated.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-Hers enjoy summer camp at Rock Springs

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

From June 17-20, 2019, nine members of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club received an experience of a lifetime when they attend Rock Springs 4-H Camp. Club members were able to enjoy four days of beautiful weather at camp, participating in archery, rock climbing, swimming, sling shots, crawdad fishing, learning about nature, horseback riding, canoeing, team building, and so much more. With these wonderful experiences the club members are excited to go back next year.

Area swimmers keep busy with summer meets

On Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka, Kan., the annual Sunflower State Swimming Games were held. Swimmers from all over the state came to compete in different strokes and distances. Two local swimmers, Martir Ramos and Austin Vest, both members of the Lyndon Swim Team, were competitors at these games and came out successful. Martir placed first in the 200 Individual Medley, third in the 50 Breaststroke, and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke. Austin placed third in the 50 Backstroke and fifth in the 100 Breaststroke. Both boys will finish their summer strong swimming for the Lyndon swim team.


Lyndon hosts annual meet

At the beginning of every summer, swimmers from around Osage and Coffey counties begin practicing and preparing for a summer full of swimming and competing. These area teams, consisting of members from Overbrook, Osage City, Lyndon, Lebo, and Burlington, gather together every Saturday to compete in 80 different events challenging the swimmers in their different strokes and distances.

On July 6, at the Lyndon City Pool, hundreds of swimmers and spectators gathered there to enjoy a morning full of competition.

Lyndon recreation workers who made the Lyndon swim meet possible included, front from left, Cheyanne Kline, Abby Criqui, Aubrey Beyer, and Dalton Fitch, back, Josey Weimer, Mackenzie Hull, Stephen Steggs, Brooke Addleman, Shyann Huffmier, Nicole Baker, and Kyle Baker.

Photos and information thanks to Lisa Reeser.

Even animals have fun at the Osage County Fair costume contest

Animal costume contest participants at the Osage County Fair were, from left, Chloe Cannon, Wylie Young, Hailey Montgomery, Mya Montgomery.

One of the fun events at the Osage County Fair was the animal costume contest. The contest was held July 12, 2019, at the pavilion at the fairgrounds in Osage City.

Contestants and results were:

  • Open class grand champion: Mya Montgomery, 5, BG (Cloverbud), and her dog, Tank.
  • Junior class grand champion: Hailey Montgomery, 8, BG, dog, Gunner.
  • Junior class reserve grand champion: Chloe Cannon, 9, NO, dog, Skye.
  • Senior/intermediate grand champion: Wylie Young, 12, NO, cat, Super Mario.

Megan Kilgore and Josie Thompson were judges and Marty Young was superintendent of the show.

SOS names Osage County’s strong men

As way to bring community awareness to domestic violence and build lasting relationships, SOS Inc., of Emporia, establishes the SOS Strong team each year. The team consists of 20 men dedicated to helping stop domestic violence and child abuse by raising $1,000 each to support each of SOS’s programs.

Strong man Corey Linton

This year’s SOS Strong members for Osage County are Corey Linton and Chris Mullins, who are working to reach their $1,000 goal by Aug. 8, 2019.

This all-male fundraiser was founded to highlight positive role models and to remind youth that men are far more than stereotypical abusers, controllers, and runaway fathers. Because most learned behaviors are acquired during our most formative years, children need reassurance and guidance from compassionate, caring men. The SOS Strong team helps the entire community to see that abuse is not just a woman’s problem, it is everyone’s problem.

Strong man Chris Mullins

Each SOS Strong member took a pledge to lead by example, to never blame victims, to be a positive up-stander rather than a willing bystander, to not engage in any acts of violence, to stand-up for someone in need, and to always use his voice to speak-up for what is right. When men are strong in character and lead by conviction, so are our families, schools and streets.

Funds raised goes to support local SOS programs including crisis services, child visitation and exchange center, CASA, and child advocacy center.

To make a donation toward an “SOS Strong” member’s goal, see SOSStrong.givesmart.com, text SOSStrong to 52182, or contact Linton or Mullins.

Hidden History: Incognito contest winner shines perpetual spotlight on Overbrook

Mindy Allen, Scott City, Kan., recently completed a new painting of the “Don’t Overlook Overbrook” mural.

“Don’t Overlook Overbrook.” More than a hundred years ago, this memorable slogan was created, but even today will spark strangers to recognition when the town’s name is mentioned.

In 1911, the village of Overbrook was joining a nationwide trend of growth across the country during this period. “Boosters” sought to boost their communities by increasing the visibility and appeal, acquiring utilities to improve the living conditions in their towns, and bring commerce and new citizens. Of course, not everyone was happy with prospects for change, folks content with the status quo and speaking out against any change were dubbed “knockers.”

Overbrook’s booster group was called the Overbrook Commercial Club. This club put out a call for a slogan. Topeka had decided on a slogan “Topeka can, Topeka will.” Overbrook was quick to follow the example, and added an incentive of $5 paid to the person who supplied the chosen phrase.

The winning submission was made by Lewis Coffman, a West Virginia resident who had two brothers in Overbrook. He sent the motto to the Commercial Club under the pseudonym “Mary”, since he lived outside of the 20-mile radius required for submissions. However, the club was so pleased with the line that they gave Coffman not only the $5 award, but voted that he receive a lifetime membership to the club.

Coffman accepted, stating it was “impossible to overlook Overbrook anyway. It was too good of a town.”

Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair results of exhibition, June 20-22, 2019

Sunflower Days stockman competition participants and award winners for 2019. Photo by Danny Rice.

Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair was held June 10-21, 2019. Below are the results of exhibit judging.

Local ag leaders to represent Osage City community

Longtime Osage County residents Fred and Pat Pearson have been selected by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City for 2019.

Fred was born and raised on a farm near Miller, Kan. He attended Kansas State University 1959 to 1963, and studied agricultural education. He met Pat during college. Pat grew up on a farm near Manhattan, Kan.

“My father wanted someone in the family to farm and he was pleased to find out that Fred and I planned to marry,” Pat said.

Fred and Pat were married in 1963. From 1963 to 1968, Fred taught vocational agriculture at Burlingame and Pat taught grade school at Osage City. Pat retired from teaching to take care of her grandchildren and help as needed around the farm.

The first ground Fred and Pat bought was in 1966. Also that year, Fred and his father, Earl, started the Miller Elevator. The young couple purchased 240 acres and moved to their current home in 1969.

Fred and Pat’s family includes son, Clark, his wife, Bobbi, and their son, Max; son, Jim, his wife, Dawn, and their children, Paige and Peyton; and son, Jeff. The Pearson family has farmed in the Osage City area for more than 145 years.

Fred and Pat said they felt very honored and appreciative for being selected and offered these words:

“We have had the honor, privilege and opportunity to live and work in the Osage City Community for over 51 years. This community has many advantages that we feel are intensely important to enjoying a pleasant life style.

“The excellent school system that is stable, progressive and effective was our greatest priority.

“The character of the people in this community has always contributed to a neat, clean and progressive community. Osage City has a history of many fine churches, clubs and organizations that enhance great citizenship.

“A good solid business community is very important to the well-being of any area and Osage City has been outstanding in this concept. We have been richly blessed by the opportunities in the cattle business, farming and the grain elevator business. We are confident that we could not have found a better community in which to live, work and enjoy life.”

The Pearsons will be honored guests and ride in the annual Osage County Fair Parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, along Market Street in Osage City, Kan.

Gundy to marshal Osage County Fair Parade Friday evening

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced that Pat Gundy will be the 2019 Osage County Fair parade marshal.

Gundy was born a native of Emporia, Kan., to Cash and Edna Lowry, the ninth of 11 children.  She graduated from Emporia High School in 1951.  She worked and retired from Southwestern Bell after 30 years, Lyon County Courthouse for 15 years, and Osage City preschool for 17 years.

In 1955, she married Richard Gundy, and they moved to Reading, Kan., in 1962.  She lived on the farm for 31 years, moved back to Emporia for a short stint before calling Osage City home for the last 23 years.

Gundy’s daughter is Tricia Gundy. Pat has three grandchildren, Dalton, Kaitlin, and Carter, and a great grandchild, Axel. She enjoys gardening, sewing, quilting, and being around her family.  Pat is a member of the Reading United Methodist, Marshall Club, and the Mary Elizabeth Circle of the Osage City United Methodist Church.  She also serves on the Osage City Friends of the Library board.

Gundy will marshal the annual Osage County Fair Parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, along Market Street in Osage City, Kan. The parade’s theme is “Fresh from the Farm.”

Loyal, humble entrepreneur, Lyon County cattleman to present Prairie Talk

First impression from a distance or even passing conversation, one gets little inkling of Rich Porter’s diverse generous life. Certainly the humble cattleman from Reading won’t readily reveal all he’s done and continues to do for so many.

Yet, listeners will be all ears when always soft spoken Porter presents a Prairie Talk at Pioneer Bluffs July 6.

“We’re pleased Rich Porter will share his most unique life’s story Saturday afternoon at 1:30,” said Lynn Smith.

Gentleman cattleman Rich Porter.

Executive director of the historic ranch near Matfield Green, Kan., Smith welcomed everyone to the free educational, entertaining program.

“Rich Porter is loyal to his workers, suppliers, alliances, and especially, to the community,” Smith acknowledged.

“An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness,” Porter said. “Do unto others better than you would have them do unto you. If they don’t respond in kind, merely walk away, but don’t retaliate.”

Porter’s education began with a 1972 bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University, in Manhattan. He then pursued a law degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

While in law school, Porter worked for the Environmental Protection Agency enforcement division. After graduating from law school in 1975, he was employed by Bethlehem Steel in air pollution control four years.

With diverse career opportunities, Porter returned to his family’s cattle backgrounding and farming operations near Miller, in Lyon County.

Forever eager to learn, Porter was in the inaugural class of the K-State Agricultural Economics’ Master in Agribusiness program in 1998. His thesis on economies of scale in finishing cattle is now put to use at Porter Cattle Company.

Each year, Porter purchases about 7,000 high-risk calves, and grows them from 350 pounds to 850 pounds. The operation also includes 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans.

Successful business must be credited to Porter’s strong values of loyalty and simple lessons learned in life.

Fair but partly cloudy: Melvern enjoys Sunflower Days despite stormy weather

The Sunflower Days parade always draws a crowd to downtown Melvern. Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.

The Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair happened last week, despite Mother Nature trying to dampen the atmosphere for Osage County’s first fair of the season.

Rainstorms, generator problems, and cancelled carnival rides presented obstacles for the fair organizers, but in the following report local 4-Her Bella Reeser tells us that the fun continued anyway and the fair was enjoyed by many.


Sunflower Days 2019

By Bella Reeser
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club

Hot temperatures, 4-H projects, cotton candy, parades and rides are all indicators that fair time is here. This year’s Melvern Sunflower Days was held June 20-22, 2019, in the Melvern City Park.

Even though weather conditions weren’t ideal, it didn’t stop hundreds of fairgoers from coming out to support their local fair. As always, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club did their part in supporting their local fair. The fair parade theme this year was  “Small Town USA – Redneck Jamboree!”

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members strutted their stuff in the parade with their walking float; club members dressed in a club T-shirt and covered themselves in American pride decor.

Following the parade the club held a fundraiser homemade ice cream social at the Melvern Community Center. To make this year’s social even more special, Lloyd and Kathy Sowers loaned their engine and knowledge to the club and produced the ice cream in front of everyone’s eyes.

Even though the weather wasn’t great, it was still a successful time at the fair this year.


Enjoy these photos of Sunflower Days by Jeff Burkdoll, Bella Reeser and others.

Osage City graduate earns sheriff’s association scholarship

An Osage City High School graduate has won one of 16 $1,000 awards presented by the Kansas Sheriffs Association in educational scholarships to eligible members or family members.

Winning one of the $1,000 scholarships for 2019 is Kaitlyn Farmer. Kaitlyn recently graduated from Osage City High School and plans on attending Washburn University. Her application was sponsored by her father Scott Farmer.

Junior Highliners get ready for fair time

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On June 9, 2019, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its meeting at Melvern Community Center. At 5:06 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Tara Green. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn McNally.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members enjoy a program on clothing buymanship by Bella Reeser at the club’s June meeting. Courtesy photo.

Secretary Allie Reeser called roll, members and parents were to answer with their favorite project they are taking to the fair. There were 15 members and five adults present. Allie read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Ellie Sowers read treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles last month.

In leader’s report, Caleb McNally thanked members for all their hard work and participation in community service activities last month. He asked members to please keep selling tickets for the hog raffle and let him know if you need more.

Lisa Reeser announced that Eric Melton has volunteered to build the bench the club will donate to the Melvern City Park in honor of former MJH member Jill Casten-Downing.

Lisa also reminded members the Melvern Fair is quickly approaching; projects may be entered 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday evening or 8-9:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA team works as ‘Just One’ at state convention

MdCV FFA officers for 2019, Frank Warner, Cole Lacey, Koby Vanderpool, Bayleigh Lacey, Sadie McGowin, and Kaelin Criqui stop at KSU McCain Auditorium following a session. Courtesy photo.

By Sadie McGowin
MdCV FFA Reporter

The MdCV FFA officers team attended the 91st annual Kansas State FFA Convention May 29-31, 2019, in Manhattan, Kan. This year’s convention theme was “Just One.” The Kansas FFA had around 2,500 members and guests in total attendance from 207 chapters for the convention. The officer team assisted in a meal service program, convention sessions, and a career fair to help get them inspired and motivated for the coming school year.

MdCV FFA president Bayleigh Lacey, vice-president Frank Warner, and secretary Kaelin Criqui also served as delegates at the convention. The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter can do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions including the state officers with their retiring addresses and motivational speakers from across the country such as Cord McCoy, professional bull rider and winner of the Amazing Race, Luke O’Leary, National FFA President, and Kurt Dillon, State FFA Advisor and KSDE Ag Ed Consultant.

MdCV FFA members also participated in the national program “Give Lunch Service Packaging Event,” in which members packed healthy, easy-to-prepare meals to be given out to hunger relief groups across Kansas. More than 5,000 meals were packaged during their one-hour session.

2019 SFTHS grads head out to get involved in the world

Throwing their caps, the 2019 SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photo by Brad Shaffer, allsportsdigital.com.

Santa Fe Trail High School’s 2019 honor students offered an abrupt reminder that you can’t live life to its fullest while sitting on the bench – you’ve got to get in the game. At the school’s 49th commencement exercises on May 11, 2019, the salutatorian and valedictorian, Josh Stone and Reegan Sisson, encouraged their fellow graduates, family and friends, to face challenges as life presents them.

Salutatorian Stone congratulated the graduates for reaching their important milestone, but noted they wouldn’t be there without the help of people around them and also their own involvement in their educations.

“For me, the biggest lesson of high school is that it’s important to get involved,” Stone said. “That’s a lesson I will take with me and hope you do too as we go out into the world today. To get involved and not stay on the sidelines.”

Quoting Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” Stone said.

“I hope we can all remember the importance of staying involved as we take our next steps,” Stone said.

“The last four years have been filled with moments of learning and moments of experience,” he said.

Valedictorian Sisson noted the graduates would soon go separate ways, reminding of Mr. Hug’s comment that students “were all going to disperse from this school one day like a covey of quail.”

He was right, Sisson said, “Some of us are going to be moving far from home in the next step our journey. Today, with this ceremony, things got real very quickly. I know we are all thinking about our next big step in life.”

Melvern 4-H club honors those who have served

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members Braelyn McNally and  Gradey McNally place flags on the graves of a veterans at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, in preparation for Memorial Day. Bella Reeser photo.

By Bella Reeser
Club Reporter

Memorial Weekend means something special to each person in their own way. The Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club wanted to show what it meant to them. A few club members spent the evening of Thursday, May 23, 2019, honoring those who served our country by placing flags on the graves of service men and women at the Oak Hill Cemetery, in Quenemo, Kan.

2019 OCHS graduates’ milestone reflects community achievement

The 2019 graduating class of Osage City High School. OCHS photo.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – A community came together on May 19, 2019, to celebrate its collective accomplishment – sending 41 graduates of Osage City High School out into the world. Guided by its class motto, “Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that,” by author Ally Condie, leaders of the OCHS class of 2019 recognized that all of their achievements were tied together.

During the graduation ceremony, the class’ top honor students, Claire Crawford and Aliks Serna, offered gratitude to parents, school administration and faculty, and their fellow classmates for helping the students achieve their goals and believing in them.

I’m so grateful for the people that believed in me when I failed to believe in myself,” Crawford said. “If that taught me one thing, it’s that the value of not giving up on people is so important. So don’t give up on others, because we’re human.”

In her comments, Serna echoed Crawford’s gratefulness, “You all believed in us when we didn’t believe in ourselves and for that we’ll never be able to repay you.”

Crawford noted, “Without people … we have nothing – no purpose to laugh, work hard, be successful, or do anything we want to do.”

She said the graduates’ accomplishments happened with their families’ support. “I believe it’s important that I thank my amazing family for loving me through everything,” she said. “I can’t say enough how undeservingly blessed I am to have been able to grow up with them standing by my side.”

Serna agreed, “To all our families, thank you for the endless love and support that you’ve given all of us. Without you we wouldn’t be the individuals that we are today.”

Serna reminisced that her high school years began with feelings of being alone.

“Now that my four years have ended I feel as if I have a whole tribe behind me leading me into my next chapter of life,” she said. “In four short years of high school I’ve gained friendships, mentors, and received outpouring support from my family and the community.”

Both honor students urged the class to give back to the community that supported them and know they will also have an impact on those around them.

Lyndon High School valedictorians weave insightful lesson on impactful words

Lyndon High School class of 2019. Photo thanks to Bill Patterson.

Imagine, if you will, attending a graduation ceremony where seven valedictorians will give seven valedictorian speeches. First you might be ‘thankful,’ knowing your local public school had such free flowing knowledge to produce so many honor students. Second thought about lengthy speeches makes you think about the “courage” of the graduates to get to this point – added to “passion” and “positive” thinking reinforced by “confidence” and “integrity.” And then you realize all your trepidation has been “overcome” as the valedictorians show their wisdom by weaving a collaborative valedictorian speech – featuring succinct words that had been sewed into the fabric of their lives.

No imagination was needed for friends and family of the 36 seniors in the Lyndon High School class of 2019, as they gathered to celebrate the class’ accomplishments on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in the school gymnasium.

Jerry Rice, longtime mathematics teacher and guest speaker, was first to wish the graduating seniors good luck in their future, sharing his four steps to success – faith, family, passion and hope. Then he gave them one last assignment – give thanks to all those who supported them over the years and helped give them “the freedom that you have so you can be whatever you would like to be.”

Rice’s well wishes to the class served as a lead in for the valedictorians’ knitted speech. The 2019 LHS valedictorians and the words important to them were Cassidy Anderson, “thankful”; Kennedy Criqui, “courage”; Regan Martin, “passion”; Sadie Sellers, “positive”; McKenzy Harsch, “confidence”; Meghan Wendling, “integrity”; Madison Smitha, “overcoming”.

Honoring their service: Our pleasure

A Memorial Day weekend tradition, Lyndon American Legion Post 125 ensures that flags line the drive at Lyndon Cemetery.

By Geri Schuler

Memorial Day can be rough for some people.  Maybe they lost a loved one in war time, or maybe their loss is more recent. This is where American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, and the Decker family found themselves this Memorial Day.

They had lost a beloved member, volunteer and role model to the people around him and to his family. He was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and a best friend.  They lost Elton Decker at age 86 on May 15, 2019.

Nathan Decker, his grandson who is a fellow Legionnaire and veteran, saw him not just as his grandfather, but his best friend. This past weekend was the first time he didn’t wake up and go out with his grandfather “supervising” him and his family while putting up flags at Vassar Cemetery during Memorial Day weekend.  This was not just hard for his family, but for his friends and fellow post members to not see his loving face on the sidelines or helping with honor guard.

Elton served nearly 40 years with the Kansas Air National Guard.  He was associated with the Korean War, Vietnam War and Desert Shield. He is a lifetime member, assisted in starting, and was a contributor to the Kansas National Guard Museum, at Forbes Field, Topeka.  He was the Senior Crew Chief of the B-57 that can be found at the entrance of Forbes field. He took part in the retrieval of the plane from overseas and assisted in rebuilding it to its current state.

When asked why there was no hesitation in the family’s decision to continue with the flags at Vassar Cemetery, Nathan simply said, “It’s the family tradition.” The tradition will carry on with him, his father and his uncle, with plans to teach his five kids the same qualities to keep this Memorial Day tradition alive.

Post 125 is fortunate to have many members who maintain such traditions. They make sure the flags fly in both Lyndon and Vassar over Memorial Day weekend. They perform a Memorial Day honor guard at three cemeteries, Lyndon, Vassar, and Oak Hill, and join with other posts from Osage County for a shared honor guard at Pomona Dam. In addition, the Lyndon post maintains flags at five cemeteries. All of this happens with the help members of the post, Sons of the American Legion, and Legion Riders.

One of the best ways to describe why they do this was overheard after the last ceremony on Memorial Day, at Quenemo.  As our long day neared the end, a sweet man came and thanked the post for the ceremony and honor guard. He said he had recently lost his father, who had grown up in Quenemo and served in the military. Danny Roush, Post 125 commander, thanked this son of a fellow veteran. Then he said simply that it was our pleasure.

It is truly all of the Legionnaires’ and fellow veterans’ pleasure to honor the fallen, not only in war time, but any who ever fought for our country. We honor our own.

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