Indiana Post 46 held a Veterans Day ceremony at the post, beginning at 11 am. Our guest speaker was retired Chief Master Sgt. Les Snyder. We gave out two awards during the event. One went to Edward Quear, a WWII veteran, for his continued service and dedication to the Legion and the post honor guard. Ed calls the commands for the squad at funeral details. The second award was to Tony Murray, owner of Murray’s Body Shop in Tipton. Tony and his crew recently refurbished a 1904 3” recoilless rifle. The rifle had been donated to the post from JoAnna Porter. The rifle had previously stood in front of the Windfall, Ind., Legion post until it closed several years ago. Tony is a Marine Corps veteran and has done many projects around the post. His dedication to the Legion is much appreciated.
During the ceremony, the post commander informed everyone about the national commander's program Be the One and how important it was to reach out to someone who might be struggling. He also talked about the project Operation Green Light. County Commissioner Nancy Cline was instrumental in getting the project going in Tipton County, including reading a resolution at a commissioners meeting. There were green lights on porches and businesses all over the county, to include the courthouse clock tower.
Shortly after the Ceremony was over, U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Spartz arrived. She had been visiting various Veterans Day events around her 5th District. She had originally planned on attending our ceremony, but got delayed at other events. The congresswoman took time to talk with everyone there both as a group and individually.
We had over 50 people in attendance, including the mayor of Tipton, Tom Dolezal, who read the Veterans Day proclamation. Cline and City Councilman Rick Chandler were also in attendance. A chili and grilled cheese lunch was provided after the ceremony.
The pictures include Tony Murray and Post Commander Stan Jones in front of the recoilless rifle; Jones giving Ed Quear his plaque; and Jones with Spartz.
Submitted by Stan Jones
Indiana Post 46