The American Legion Centennial Celebration Pancake Breakfast was held at Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Two areas in the Post 129 building was used to serve all you can eat pancakes, sausage, milk and juice. The second floor has a dance hall and kitchen for serving over 100 people. The dance hall was converted to a dining hall for those who are not handicapped. The handicap service area was on the first floor, close to our second kitchen. Admission was $7 for advance admission and $8 at the door with children under 5 free, 5-11 years for $5 at the door.
A Centennial Celebration display was set up to provide historical information about the post and recruit new members.
Two members of Post 129 were honored by Quilts of Valor during the breakfast: Lawrence Roy and Marie Shepherd.
Lawrence F. Roy of Stillwater is a Paid Up For Life member of The American Legion and has been a active member for over 65 years. He has served as chairman of the post Baseball committee and is the post adjutant. Roy was elected national vice commander in 1991, served on the National Executive Committee from Oklahoma for eight years (1993-2001), and Department of Oklahoma commander in 1986-1987. Lawrence also served in the Oklahoma National Guard for 36 years, serving in Korea, and retired in 1988 as a brigadier general.
Marie Shepherd served in the United States Air Force in 1951, working in supply, helping burn victims of the Korean War as they arrived in medical transports. Marie has been active in Post 129 serving as the coordinator of school awards for Stillwater grade schools, middle school and high school for the last 10 years.
The goal of the Centennial Celebration Pancake Breakfast was to raise money for veterans in need, children and youth programs, and to provide funds for the Children's Home in Ponca City, Okla. The breakfast raised over $5,000.