Cub Scout Pack 163 hold their new flags proudly.

On Monday, Aug, 21, the Marengo American Legion Post 192, held its annual picnic and honors ceremony at Indian Oaks Park. Burgers, brats, and delicious side dishes and desserts were followed by a presentation of new flags to Cub Scout Pack 163.

“The American Legion has been sponsoring the Marengo area Boy Scouts for 85 years and the Cub Scouts for 38 years,” said Post Commander Larry Dochterman. He then presented Mrs. Connie Boxleitner, president of the Women’s Auxiliary.

“During the Memorial Day parade,” Boxleitner said. “We noticed that the Cub Scouts had a flag with a broken eagle. During Mc- Care Night at the Marengo McDonald’s, we received $288 which covered new flags for the Pack. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help you.” The flags were then presented to Cub Scout pack members and Cubmaster Scott Fricke by the American Legion Honor Guard. Boxleitner also presented Commander Dochterman with a check for half of the Auxiliary’s proceeds (total proceeds of $3808.62) from Poppy Day. The rest of the proceeds will be used to support the Legion and the community.

The evening was to continue with a presentation to World War II veteran August Noce, who turned 100 on Aug. 28, for his many years of service in the American Legion. Unfortunately, Noce was unable to be present.

Eight Blue Star Banners were on hand to be given to the families of local, active duty military personnel. However, for one reason or another, including deployment earlier in the day, these families were not present at the event. This is what they would have heard:

“It is my pleasure to honor the families tonight who have family members in active military service. Some are just entering the service, some are seasoned vets. Although the country is not run at our level, it is our level that protects our country and we are fortunate to have individuals who will give of themselves to do just that.

“Without their continuous presence, forces outside of our country would immediately take advantage and attempt to overthrow our democracy and our freedoms. For this, we the people of each community, great and small, owe a debt of gratitude, and we use the Blue Star Banner as a means to show this gratitude. This banner, displayed in a home, represents that an individual from that home is in the active military service. Tonight we are honoring these families of our community.”

If any of these families want to display Blue Star Banners while their loved one is on active duty, please contact the American Legion at (815) 568-7597.

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