SHELDON—Three of Sheldon’s veteran support organizations are celebrating major milestones this year with a cool activity.
McGlothlen-Cowie American Legion Post 145 in Sheldon, the Legion Auxiliary and the Sheldon Avenue of Flags Committee invite all veterans and their families to join them for an ice cream social 5-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the shelter house at Sheldon City Park.
The Legion and the Auxiliary are recognizing 100 years of supporting veterans in Sheldon while the Avenue of Flags Committee commemorates 40 years of putting on patriotic displays in the community.
Mark Poyzer, the historian for the Legion, said they wanted to find a way to promote the group to other veterans in the area outside of its normal meeting times and thought the ice cream social fit the bill.
“I look in the old records and they used to have dances and quite a few different things,” he said.
Poyzer noted the Legion is primarily made up of older former service members, but they want to get some of the younger veterans from the Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars to join.
“We’re a support group,” he said. “The ice cream social, hopefully, it will get other ones to come out to and see that we are just normal people too and we are here to support you and stuff like that. And it’s free.”
Sheldon’s Legion and Auxiliary were founded in 1919. Forty ex-servicemen organized Sheldon’s post and the Auxiliary started at the same time.
The Sheldon Avenue of Flags committee was first organized on June 27, 1979, and the concept was thought up by the late John Van Maanen and the late Larry Hinken.