Monday, December 10, 2012

Thomas Winkles named 2012 Legionnaire of the Year

American Legion Post Commander Buster McCoy awarded the Legionnaire of the Year honor to Thomas Winkles for answering the call of duty on numerous occasions and for his service to Post 186.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: the festive Christmas tree anchored the holiday decorations done by Toots and Ed Hobson. With over three dozen gifts underneath, the tree looked like Santa had been to visit!

No military chow line ever served up food this good!
Greenville American Legion Post 186 celebrated Christmas with its annual Christmas dinner, gift exchange, and recognition award for service to the post.
   The legion building was festively decorated for Christmas by Toots and Ed Hobson. The dinner entrĂ©e, grilled chicken by Ray Steele, was accompanied by dishes made by some of the legionnaires and their wives. The meal was accompanied by guitarists Tim and Ernie King who sang Christmas and holiday songs.
   Post Commander Buster McCoy reflected on the many activities engaging the post in 2012: touring the Little White House Open House for Veterans, the Memorial Day Service in Manchester, the Iraqi Veterans’ Parade in Rome, Veteran’s Day Service, Veterans’ Parade in Manchester, sponsoring the 1953 B25 Memorial at Dowdel’s Knob. McCoy asked those present to raise their hands asking who could remember where they were on December 7th, seventy one years ago.
   A special plaque was given to the Post Legionnaire of the Year for service. McCoy honored Thomas Winkles for answering the call of duty on numerous occasions and for his service to Post 186.
   The evening’s activities closed with a gift exchange.