Members of American Legion Post 181 talk to Ashley Pointe residents on Veteran’s day.
Five members of American Legion Post 181, including Commander Tony Morea, First vice-commander Vern Rasmussen, Chaplain Dale Smith and his wife Margaret, Adjutant Tom Thorleifson, and member Bob Johnson visited Ashley Pointe, a seniors retirement facility, on Veterans Day to visit with two dozen of the residents who live there.
Eight of the men living at Ashley Pointe served in the military in World War II and afterwards. Three are retired military, including Paul Burden, the friendly community waver.
Burden served for 40 years with the Air Force and the Air National Guard. George Thorleifson retired from the Navy Reserve after serving a few years active duty during WWII in the South Pacific.
All of the other veteran residents had their special stories to tell with amazing detail, even after more than 60 years.
Glenn Chenoweth served with the Navy during WWII, as did Elem Ward and Don Downing. George Kinsley served in the Army.
Lois Auchterlonie was a pilot for the Army Air Corps, but was not recognized as a veteran.
Thank-you cards made by students at a local elementary school, were presented to the veterans.
The program ended with music by a local Native American Drum Circle, who are also veterans, performing on handmade drums and wood flutes.