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Subject: Article for NewsPress Lawrence Roy, Adjutant for Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129, Retires


Sent: Saturday, December 8, 2018 1:15 PM

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Lawrence Roy, Adjutant for Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129, Retires

Lawrence Roy served Post 129 as Adjutant starting in 1995 and after 23 years retired from the position.  Genio Colasacco, was Post 129 Adjutant 1974-1995 for 21 years and Arthur (Red) Alcott was Post 129 Adjutant 1919-1974 for 55 years. Arthur was a Founder and Charter member of Post 129 in 1919 just after World War I.  Red as he was called was mayor of Stillwater, Oklahoma for 12 years, starting in 1949, longer than any other individual mayor.  Post 129 was named after Carter C. Hanner who died in World War I and Mamon G. Sharp who died in World War II.   Only 3 different Post Adjutants have served during the 100 plus years from 1919.   

Lawrence Roy retired as Commanding General of the 45th Infantry Brigade.  Lawrence started his military career as a private in 1946 with the National Guard in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.  He served two years on active duty with the famed Oklahoma 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War as a combat infantryman. Lawrence progressed through all the enlisted ranks and served as 1st Sgt. on active duty in Japan and Korea. Roy was an active member of the Oklahoma National Guard for over 35 years receiving the following decorations and awards: Combat Infantryman's Badge, Legion of Merit, Army Meritorious Service Award, Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal, and many others. He served in numerous Staff and Command Positions in the Guard. retiring as Commanding General of the 45th Infantry Brigade in 1983. In 1953 while serving in the National Guard he joined the American Legion serving for over 65 years.

During the 65 years of service, Lawrence has served 3-terms as Post 129 Commander in 1973-1974, 1990-1991, 1993-1994 and has served most all of the other Post positions. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving for 19 years as Chairman of American Legion Stillwater Baseball program. In 1986-1987 Lawrence served as the Oklahoma Commander for the American Legion.  Lawrence also served as National Vice-Commander of the American Legion in 1991–1992, and assumed an area of responsibility of 14 southern states.  Lawrence continued serving the State of Oklahoma by being the Oklahoma Department National Executive Committeeman (NEC) for 8 years (1993-2001).  Lawrence was also the chairman of several Oklahoma Department Committees including Counter Subversion, Legislative, Military Affairs and Americanism.

Lawrence is a graduate of Oklahoma A&M College, with a BS degree in Agriculture, and received a BA degree from Southeastern. Lawrence Roy and his wife, Jolene have been married for over 50 years, have seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren.  He was employed for 36 years with Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture retiring in June 1986. and became active in a Construction Equipment business of which he was a part owner.

Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 had a special dinner to honor Lawrence Roy’s retirement on December 6, 2018.  Honored guests to Lawrence’s retirement included Bobby Bryant, past National Vice-Commander,  Jimmy Ching, Oklahoma Commander of the American Legion, Don Roane, Oklahoma Vice Commander West, and Jerry Ball, Legion member Oklahoma Veterans Commission.  Of course, Jolene Roy who is Lawrence’s wife has been an important person who has supported Lawrence in all his legion duties over the years, and Jolene was presented beautiful flowers during the ceremony.  A beautiful wall plaque was also presented to Lawrence Roy, as well as, numerous presentations from the 50 participants at the dinner.

Although Lawrence Roy has retired from the position of Adjutant of Post 129 and has stated “I am only a member of the American Legion organization made up of veterans who have served their country and I intend to continue to serve as an individual to help veterans.”  Post 129 meets the first Thursday of the month at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Left to right: Bobby Bryant, past National Vice-Commander; Jolene Roy, Lawrence’s wife; Lawrence Roy, Retiring Adjutant; Stan Witte, Commander; Jerry Ball, Oklahoma Veterans Commission; Jimmy Ching, Oklahoma Commander; Don Roane, Oklahoma Vice Commander West

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Legion Post 129 Stillwater
     

Post 129 website NEW Post Everlasting
http://www.oklegionpost129.org/index.php?id=100

Meeting was Thursday  December 6, 2018

Auxiliary decorated tables with Christmas decorations and candy.

6:00 pm     Meet and Greet
6:30 pm     Catered Christmas Dinner: Pull Pork, Smoked Chicken, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Smoked Mac & Cheese Plus Apple and Peach Crisp, and Pecan Pie Dessert.
7:00 pm     Program:  Outgoing Adjutant Lawrence Roy was honored for his long service to our post.

This Christmas Nativity Scene, created and donated by Commander Stan Witte, was raffled off earning donations of $410.   

Left to right: Bobby Bryant, past National Vice-Commander; Jolene Roy, Lawrence’s wife; Lawrence Roy, Retiring Adjutant; Stan Witte, Commander; Jerry Ball, Oklahoma Veterans Commission; Jimmy Ching, Oklahoma Commander; Don Roane, Oklahoma Vice Commander WestLeft to right: Bobby Bryant, past National Vice-Commander; Jolene Roy, Lawrence’s wife; Lawrence Roy, Retiring Adjutant; Stan Witte, Commander; Jerry Ball, Oklahoma Veterans Commission; Jimmy Ching, Oklahoma Commander; Don Roane, Oklahoma Vice Commander West



Veterans Day 12 November 2018

 

Almost fifty persons attended the American Legion’s Veterans’ Day program at Fairlawn Cemetery this morning.

American Legion Post 129 Commander Stan Witte’s program was impressive, as you can see above and from photos below.

Big thanks to Sexton Tim Wheatley and Assistant Sexton Mike Moody for quickly getting us moved inside with a heater in the Fairlawn shop area.

The Fairlawn Cemetery Preservation Society followed the program with their usual spectacular brunch for all attendees, and we are VERY grateful for those providing it. 

It was an honor to have Senator Tom Dugger, Representative-elect Trish Ranson, and U.S. Senator Inhofe’s representative Tanner Roberts in attendance.

We appreciate Michelle Charles’ attending and reporting for the Stillwater NewsPress.

The final picture below was sent this morning to yours truly by Clarence Oliver, Tulsa, taken in Korea over 60 years ago of his buddy chipping frozen pork and beans from a can of rations in minus 20-degree weather.

Lest we forget:  America – home of the free because of the brave.

 

The deadline is tomorrow for anyone wanting to special order one or more wreaths for Dec 15 “Wreaths Across America.” 

Contact Finance Chair Sally Smith at 405-747-8991. 

 

We missed you if you could not attend today.  It was spectacular!!

Lou Watkins
(Fairlawn Cemetery and Wreaths Across America)

 

Photo Credits: Lou Watkins and Gerald McLain


 

Meeting of Thursday November 1, 2018

6:00 pm Meet and Greet

6:30 pm Steak Dinner

7:00 pm Guest Speaker: Norman McNickle, Stillwater
City ManagerThe City Managers View of Stillwater"

Norman McNickle attended OSU graduating with a BS in Business Administration; worked in the retail and wholesale gas, oil and convenience store industry for five years; joined the Stillwater Police Department in 1976, advancing through the ranks to chief in 1987. Served as chief until appointed Public Safety Director in 2007; and, was appointed City Manager in 2016. Norman has three sons and seven grandchildren, and wife Deb volunteers at the hospital.

 



Pancake Breakfast October 13, 2018

 


 

 


Friday, October 5, 2018 10:41 AM

For Immediate Release

Proclamation by Governor Mary Fallin Recognizes Carter Hanner

Carter C. Hanner was killed on October 8, 1918 during WWI and Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 in Stillwater honors Carter C. Hanner on October 8, 2018 the centennial of his death on the battlefield.  The American Legion was congressionally chartered in 1919 as a community service organization comprised of wartime veterans; and the American Legion is dedicated to strengthening patriotism by encouraging the values of freedom and democracy, and demonstrating the value of volunteerism and love of country; members of the American Legion throughout Oklahoma promote the patriotism displayed by our Founding Fathers, by those who have fought to preserve America’s freedom, and by those who continue to defend our liberties; and the American Legion promotes programs that encourage strong families, community involvement, and democracy.

Captain Carter C. Hanner was sent to France July 4, 1918, and was killed in action October 8, 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne drive which cracked the German Hindenburg line; and Captain Hanner is buried in the American Cemetery near Romagne, France: Plot C, row 39, 2nd Grave.  Carter was a veteran for the Spanish-American conflict, having enlisted in the U.S. volunteers at Guthrie at 19.  He was a student at Oklahoma A & M College.  His buddies said “Carter was always a soldier at heart”.  Lt. Hanner was a training officer in gas mask instruction at Camp Bowie until being sent to France.  He was promoted to captain, serving at the front with Company I, 142nd Infantry of the 36th Division.  He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by France for gallantry in action.  The battleground between the Argonne Forest and the Meuse River was rocky, hilly and thick with trees.  German soldiers could conceal themselves and fire upon advancing American Troops.  German troops knew this was their last chance to prevent a surrender.  They fought bitterly.  Many American soldiers were killed.  It was while leading a charge against the enemy that Captain Hanner was wounded on Oct 8, just 4 days after he took command of the company and just a little more than a month before Armistice.  He died on the battlefield.

It is fitting and proper American Legion Post 129 honors the legacy of Captain Carter C. Hanner and show gratitude to the thousands of veterans our state is blessed to have, many of whom are members of local American Legion post.  Post 129 was named the Carter C. Hanner American Legion Post 129 Stillwater when it was organized October 15, 1919.  Hanner hall dormitory at A & M College was named in Captain Hanner’s honor.  

Mary Fallin, Governor, proclaims October 8, 2018 as “Captain Carter C. Hanner American Legion Post #129 Day” in the State of Oklahoma.

Attached Picture:  Gerald R. McClain, Post 129 Historian and Department of Oklahoma Historian showing Proclamation from Governor Mary Fallin and a photograph of Captain Carter C. Hanner.

Gerald McClain


Meeting Thursday October 4, 2018
Guest Speaker: “How can the Legion Help the 700+ Veterans on the OSU Campus” 
Richard Hansen, Coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services, Oklahoma State University.

The office of Veteran Student Academic Services within the University College at Oklahoma State University is here to aid veterans to be successful on campus. Beyond easing the transition from military service to campus life, the staff of Veteran Student Academic Services is here to support veterans through graduation and onto rewarding careers and/or graduate level education programs.

Veteran Student Academic Services provide support to Oklahoma State University students who are veterans, active duty personnel, Reservist, National Guard members, military-dependents and ROTC cadets (military connected students).
• Leverage university resources in support of military connected students
• Facilitate campus connection and a sense of community through veteran-centered events and activities, while increasing awareness of veterans on campus within the Oklahoma State University family
• Collaborate with the office of New Student Orientation and Enrollment to ease the transition to campus life with veteran specific orientation sessions
• Advice and direct veterans to available campus based services
• Coordinate with community, state, and federal service providers, to include: Veteran Service Organizations, State of Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs to provide services on or near campus to support veteran students
• Heighten awareness of veteran specific issues among the Oklahoma State University family
• Develop, support, and assist with veteran related initiatives including: staff and faculty training (Green Zone Training), workshops, research, and other activities
• Promote Oklahoma State University's veteran initiatives to external audiences
• Advocate to state and federal lawmakers on behalf of military connected students

The office of Veteran Services within the Registrar's Office supports student veterans, military service members, and military dependents in securing United States Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits.

Rick Hansen is advisor to the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) at Oklahoma State University, The purpose of this organization is to unite veterans in a social atmosphere to assist in the transition from service to academics while providing a network that offers resources and support to meet the needs unique to student veterans. Rick also helped in the establishment of the Veteran Success Center in the North Classroom Building on campus.

Richard HansenJim Rutledge, Richard Hansen, Stan Witte
Richard Hansen | Jim Rutledge/Richard Hansen/Stan Witte


Meeting September 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 Officers Installed by Past National Vice Commander

The past National Vice Commander Bobby Bryant installed the following Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 Officers on September 6, 2018 at the Legion Hall, Stillwater.  Sargent of Arms David Copley,  Commander Stan Witte,  Programs Vice Cdr Jim Rutledge, Membership Vice Cdr Tom Yant, Installing Officer Past Natl Vice Cdr Bobby Bryant, Executive Board member Sonny Apman, Not pictured: Adjutant Lawrence Roy, Finance Dewey Clapp, Executive Board members:  Bob Cox, Rick Hansen and Tom Bradley, Post 129 Historian Gerald McClain, Past Commander:  Richard Opdyke, School Awards: Marie Shepherd, Boys State: Robert Breedlove and Alan Bodine


Copley/Witte/Bryant/Rutledge/Yant/Apman


Gerald McClain
Historian, Post 129
 



Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 12:48 PM
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Legion Post 129 Members Donate to Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida for Disaster Relief

Past National Vice Commander Bobby Bryant presented to Stan Witte the new Commander of Hanner –Sharp Post 129 Stillwater and members attending dinner a beautiful plaque in grateful appreciation for the generous donation to The American Legion Department of Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Program.  Commander Alfonso Christian of the Department of Puerto Rico said Post 129 contribution has touched the lives of many.  Post 129 members donated not only to Puerto Rico, but also to Texas and Florida after the disastrous hurricanes of last year.  Stan Witte Commander saidthe donation was from all the 300 members of Post 129 to Puerto Rico Legion Post, Texas Legion Post and Florida Legion Post.  Our hearts go out to the Legionnaires and Posts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico who have suffered through some of the most horrific weather events of recent times.”  Bobby Bryant, Past National Vice Commander traveled to Puerto Rico to present the donation to the Department of Puerto Rico last January.  Bobby said “Post 129 contributions will go a long ways helping the disaster Relief Program in those areas served by the American Legion.”

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Left: Richard Opdyke with Bobby Bryant
Right: Stan Witte, Commander Post 129 Stillwater accepts appreciation plaque from Bobby Bryant Past National Vice Commander, American Legion

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129
 

 


Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:55 AM
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Boys and Girls State Sponsored by Legion Develops Leaders of the Future

American Legion Post 129 sponsors Boys State and American Legion Post 129 Auxiliary sponsors Girls State.  The Stillwater Legion has sponsored delegates Boys and Girls State since the 1930 from High School Juniors to help develop leaders for the Future.  Robert Breedlove and Alan Bodine, Co-chairmen of Boys State for Post 129 in Stillwater selected the boys who have just completed junior year at the Stillwater High School.  Jan Courtright, Post 129 Auxiliary selected girls from Stillwater High School who have just completed the junior year. 

Oklahoma American Legion Boys State is a non-partisan intensive week of leadership, government, and patriotism sponsored by the American Legion of Oklahoma. Delegates to Boys State have just completed their junior year of high school and have been selected by their local American Legion Post as a representative of the best of their community.  Boys State was established in the 1930s as a way to counter anti-American activity during the pre-World War II era.

American Legion Auxiliary  Oklahoma Girls State is a premier program for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills & an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program you will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program. You’ll meet other students from across Oklahoma who will become friends for life. You’ll also develop confidence and leadership skills that will shape your future.

The American Legion Post 129 meets the first Thursday of the month at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, OK.  Next meeting is September 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm for a steak dinner.  Plans are underway for the annual Pancake Breakfast October 13, 2018 7am till 1pm celebrating the Legions Centennial 1919-2019 plus funds will be used for American Legion Americanism and Youth Programs including Boys and Girls state.

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Robert Breedlove and Alan Bodine, Post 129 Co-chairmen, Drew Russell and Carson Iven Boys State, Jauren Millis and Jordan Weldon, Girls State, Jan Courtright, Post 129 Auxiliary, Girls State Chairman.

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129
 


 

Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 3:46 PM
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Legion Post 129 Stillwater Receives 2nd Place in Post History Yearbook Contest

Gerald McClain, Oklahoma Historian for the Department of Oklahoma, American Legion and Post 129 Historian and Richard Opdyke, Commander Post 129 receive 2nd Place Post History Yearbook Plaque from John Bloxom, Commander Department of Oklahoma at the 2018 American Legion Convention in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization in the Nation and has 55 departments one for each state and District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Oklahoma has 188 active post in Oklahoma. Gerald McClain has presented to the Stillwater Library a copy of Post 129 History Yearbook for the last 4 years. 

Gerald McClain is also the Centennial Celebration chairman for the state of Oklahoma celebrating 100 years from 1919-2019. Post 129 has their Centennial Celebration website https://centennial.legion.org/oklahoma/post129 .

Gerald is also the Chairman of the Veterans Memorial Identification Project locating and documenting all veterans memorials in the state and putting them online at https://www.legion.org/memorials/?location=OK&sort=created_desc&submit=View .  Currently 172 veterans monuments have been documented and put online.  Bob Cox of Post 129 has been a strong contributor to the veterans memorial project.  

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Gerald McClain, Oklahoma Historian, Richard Opdyke, Commander Post 129 and John Bloxom Commander Dept of Oklahoma.

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129

 



Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 10:30 PM
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Bob White Honored for 60 Years in American Legion Post 129

Robert F. White a longtime and dedicated member of American Legion Post 129, Department of Oklahoma has been certified and honored to have been a member in good standing continuously for 60 years.  And be it further known that such record of consistent loyalty to The American Legion merits the honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of The American Legion. Honored on the 15th day of March, 2018 signed Denise H. Rohan, first female National Commander and Richard Opdyke Post 129 Commander.  The American Legion will be having its Centennial Celebration for organizing in 1919 and completing 100 years in 2019.  Gerald McClain Oklahoma Historian and Post 129 Historian has put together a website with commanders from 1919-2018 https://centennial.legion.org/oklahoma/post129.  The American Legion sponsors Boys State and Boys Nation each year for Juniors in High School. Contributions are earned for Post 129 by providing a Centennial Celebration Pancake Breakfast in the Fall. More information by calling Legion at 405-372-7262.

 

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Richard Opdyke Commander Post 129 presenting 60 Year Honor for Bob White member

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129
 

 



Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:30 PM
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Ed Van Zandt received an American Legion 50 Year Award for faithful and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of the American Legion. Ed has been certified to have been a member in good standing continuously for 50 years and that such record of consistent loyalty to the American Legion merits the honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the Legion.  Signed by the first American Legion Lady National Commander Denise H. Rohan and National Adjutant Daniel S. Wheeler.

 Edgar L. Van Zandt received a China War Memorial Metal from the government of Nationalist China (Taiwan) for serving in World War II. Van Zandt saw combat with the 475th Infantry in Burma between and China and India.  Sergeant Van Zandt was decorated “By direction of the President under Executive Order 9419 on February 4, 1944 with a Bronze Star Metal for exemplary conduct in ground combat against the Armed enemy on or about January 17, 1945 in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. 

The American Legion Post 129 is very proud of Ed Van Zandt service to the country and honored to present the Certificate.  American Legion meets the first Thursday of the month at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, OK for family dinner and presentation. New Legion members are provided a steak dinner for their first meeting.  Please contact Richard Opdyke for more details 405-372-7262.

Pictures attached

Legion Picture:  Dewey Clapp Treasure, Leroy Folks Past Commander, Ed Van Zandt 50 Year Recipient, Richard Opdyke Commander, Gerald McClain Historian

Family Picture:  Daphne Faries (Ed's Daughter), Brenda Van Zandt (daughter in-Law to Ed) Ed Van Zandt, Jessie Van Zandt (Ed's Wife), Jerry Van Zandt (Ed's Son)

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129
 



Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2018 8:09 PM
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“The World’s Sixth Sense” Presented to Post 129 Stillwater

Stillwater’s FLIR Detection “The World’s Sixth Sense” was presented to American Legion Post 129 in Stillwater by Mark Prather, Vice-President of FLIR Detection.  FLIR Detection, Stillwater, Oklahoma is a Defense contractor for the government. Mark presented a program on some of the innovative products they have invented and produce for military and civilian use.  FLIR is building more than innovative technologies; FLIR is striving to create a more sustainable, more efficient, and a safer future by enhancing human perception through best-in-class intelligent imaging and sensing solutions. FLIR has best-in-class surveillance, imaging and intelligence making critical decision-making clear as day.  FLIR products are used in a wide array of situations to rescue people in danger, detect criminals, conserve energy, navigate safely, provide security around the globe, and protect our environment. Legion members were very impressed with FLIR and products used in the military service all over the world.  American Legion meets the first Thursday of the month at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, OK for family dinner and presentation. New Legion members are provided a steak dinner for their first meeting.  Please contact Richard Opdyke for more details 405-372-7262.

Picture attached

Tom Yant, Vice Commander for Membership, Stan Witte, Vice Commander for Programs; Mark Prather Vice President FLIR Detection, Richard Opdyke, Post 129 Commander

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129


Sent: Monday, March 5, 2018 11:52 AM
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Frontier Electronic System’s  Military and NASA Products Discussed at Post 129

American Legion Post 129 was honored by the presentation by Chuck Gray, Vice President and COO of Frontier Electronic Systems Corp at their monthly family dinner on March 1, 2018 in Stillwater.  Chuck Gray an American Legion member made a beautiful presentation describing the manufacturing process used at Frontier and the different products produced for the Military and for NASA. No other company in the world has that honor. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) provides a critical heavy-lift capability, powering people and cargo beyond our moon and into deep space. SLS launches larger payloads farther in our solar system, faster than ever before possible. It will be the most powerful rocket ever built, enabling diverse exploration, science and security missions. Boeing is the prime contractor for the design, development, test and production of the launch vehicle cryogenic stages, as well as development of the avionics suite. Boeing has selected Frontier Electronic Systems as Supplier of the Year three times in the past 10 years.  American Legion meets the first Thursday of the month at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, OK for family dinner and presentation. New Legion members are provided a steak dinner for their first meeting.  Please contact Richard Opdyke for more details 405-372-7262.

 

Pictures attached:

Stan Witte, Vice Commander; Chuck Gray FES VP & COO; Jim Horn, Legion member, Dewey Clapp, Treasure for Post 129 and for Department of Oklahoma

Chuck Gray, FES VP & COO describing FES in Boeing’s Space Launch System

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129
 



Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 8:16 PM
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American Legion Identifying all Veteran’s Memorials in USA

Linda Willis Morris of Willis Granite Products presented images and information on all the veteran’s monuments produced in Oklahoma, USA and Internationally to Legionnaires monthly family dinner of Post 129 in Stillwater on February 1, 2018.  Linda Willis Morris is an award-winning monument designer both nationally and internationally and the third-generation monument maker owner manager.  Linda’s presentation was both beautiful and interesting showing details of monuments created by her team.  Not only does she produce creative veteran’s monuments, but also small office plaques, cemetery markers, family memorials, and historical markers.  Throughout the ages, granite monuments have been created by craftsmen who trained for years to perfect their trade. The craftsmen at Willis Granite have done just that.  For over four generations, the Willis Family and staff have worked to develop skills and work with improved technologies that assure a granite monument that will stand the test of time.  Willis Granite has award-winning designers, expert stonecutters, layout artists, sandblast sculptors and installation crews for any size project.  The entry red granite monument “Stillwater: Where Oklahoma Began!” is a good example of Willis Granite craftsmanship. Linda’s artistic skill is amazing as evident in her granite portraits on the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Walls. Please view the beautiful granite work at http://www.willisgranite.com/ 

The American Legion has embarked on a project to help celebrate 100 years from 1919-2019 by identifying veteran’s monuments across the nation and internationally.  Legionnaire Gerald McClain, Oklahoma Historian for the Department of Oklahoma American Legion is chairman of the Veteran’s Memorial Identification Project for Oklahoma.  Legionnaire Bob Cox Post 129 has identified and placed online veteran’s  memorials in Payne County and other locations in Oklahoma.   Bob has placed online over 100 veteran’s memorials, which may include up to 10 photos plus detailed information on each memorial.  You can see them at  https://www.legion.org/memorials/?location=OK&submit=View    Willis Granite will be assisting the American Legion in Oklahoma by providing images and details of veteran’s memorials.  New legionnaire members are encouraged to attend the monthly family dinner on the 1st Thursday of each month at 611 S. Main, Stillwater, OK.  Dinner is free for first time members.  Please call 405-372-7262 for more information.

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Linda Willis Morris, award winning monument designer both nationally and internationally and 3rd generation monument maker and owner manager.

Meagan Bilyeu, Stillwater Office Manager Willis Granite, Stan Witte Post 129 Vice Commander, Linda Willis Morris, Owner Manager, Richard Opdyke, Post 129 Commander

 

Gerald McClain
Historian Post 129

 

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