In Maryville, Missouri, Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Post 464 held a special event to honor veterans who could not make an Honor Flight. The Veterans' Day of Honor, modeled after Kansas City, Missouri's, "flightless Honor Flight," took place Nov. 5, 2016, at a new performing arts center at the local high school. Between 15 and 20 veteran honorees attended.
The Honor Flight program attempts to bring World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., to honor them and to show them the memorials dedicated to them and their comrades.
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My paternal grandfather, Boyd W. Stone Sr. ("Gramps") was a combat veteran of World War I and II. He served with the 2nd Infantry Division in WWI, 5th Machine Gun BN, and was awarded the Silver Star and a "wound stripe" (subsequently changed to a Purple Heart). He joined The American Legion early in St. Louis and served as commander of Terminal Railroad Post 85 in 1938.
Squadron 10 held their 18th annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner. By the time the doors opened to the public, over 100 meals were delivered to residents and over 600 meals were served in total. Many attendees noted how thankful they were for the meal for them and their families. We thank all the SAL, Post 10, Auxiliary Family members, members from the community and churches, who give of their time to make sure that those who attend are well cared for. We also want to thank the local businesses for their donations.