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Letters to the Editor August 11

Worthwhile trip to D.C. to visit with service people

      American Legion Post 178 would like to thank all who participated in Operation Thank You Wounded Warrior II.

      A special thanks goes to Patty “O,” Linda Hogan, Bob Boyles, Russell Boyles and Legionnaire Larry Sands, who cooked in temperatures pushing 115 degrees in front of the grills for three hours.

     To Charlene Mayville, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 and her officers in attendance, Molly Jenks, Linda Eckler and Marie Barnum, thanks for your selfless service to our servicemen and women. The event would not have gone off as well as it did without you all.

     To Junior Auxiliary members  Katie Eckler, Sarah Eckler, Emma Jenks and Kelsey Jenks, along with Stone Scasso and Jake and Daniel Wolfe, who entertained all the children who are at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with their wounded mothers or fathers, thank you.

     Thank you to members of the Pine Plains VFW and the Marine Corps League in North Canaan for your participation.

     I’d like to thank John Wolfe for again donating his services as bus driver and delivering us safely to and from Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

     There are more than 45 volunteers we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to as well. I, along with Legion officers in attendance Lee Garay, Don Barnum, Stan Chase, Sean Klay and Larry Sands, would like recognize you for your motivation and caring contribution to the team and were humbled by your outstanding service to our nation’s Wounded Warriors.

      A special thanks goes to Larry Sands, who worked tirelessly for months procuring donations for the trip, and to Sid Byron, who secured significant financial assistance.

      This entire trip would not haven been possible without the help of the Tri-State Community. To the numerous citizens and businesses who recognized the need and gave generously without hesitation, we say thank you.

       May God bless you and the United States of America.

Robert D. Jenks,


American Legion Post 178


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