Submitted by: Bill Peters

Category: Stories

We lucked out with a perfect weather day in August 2022. A crowd of 450+ gathered for our first annual hog roast/corn boil and a great time was had by all. Two hogs were roasted, 50 dozen ears of corn were cooked and the fun began at 4:30 pm in the parking lot. Music was by one of our members who was a DJ in Vietnam; "From the Delta to the DMZ" was the radio call sign. Volunteers from the Post, Auxiliary and SAL all worked together to make sure our guests were served. Members renewed, new members joined, but most of all many people saw, heard and experienced what the Legion of 2022 is about. So many wonderful programs and events are happening monthly. The families of the 1742 SD National Guard Unit that is deployed joined us as our guests too. We provided back-to-school items for all the students. They then joined us for the meal also. The committee's review and tweaks to the event are bound to produce a bigger and better event for 2023.

About the author:

Commander Bill Peters was the adjutant for the previous two-and-a-half years. He is also the honor guard commander. His service consists of four years in the United States Army with a year in Vietnam from June '67 - June '68 as a helicopter pilot. That included 1,300 flying hours and 600 hours of combat. He continued service as a first-responder firefighter until his retirement in June 1995. He is actively promoting the national "Be The One" program. We are actively calling all members we don't hear from. On Sept. 20 Post 15 will host a suicide awareness speaker. This is being promoted to the county and district Posts and the public. This will be our most important program for the year 2022-2023.