FLAT ROCK - Two members of the Escanaba River American Legion Post 115 were each recently honored for serving 50 years in the local veterans organization.
Johnny Manninen, 81, of Cornell, and Jack Way, 86, of Wells, were recognized at the legion's Christmas Party at the Flat Rock Hall last week.
They each received a Certificate of Continuous Membership for 50 years of "faithful and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of the American Legion." The certificates were presented by U.P. Association Commander Mike Bruntjens of Gladstone American Legion Post 271.
Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Two members of the Escanaba River American Legion Post 115 were each recently recognized for 50 years of service. Pictured from left are Post Commander Raino Maki of Gladstone congratulating Johnny Manninen of Cornell and Jack Way of Wells who each received a certificate of service and an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. At right is U.P. Association Commander Mike Bruntjens of Gladstone American Legion Post 271.
Manninen and Way were each presented with an American flag which had flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The flags were presented to the two veterans by Post 115 Commander Raino Maki who made arrangements to receive the flags through U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek.
Manninen was in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 serving time in the Korean War. He has served in officer positions in the local post including past commander. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Way served in the U.S. Army from 1945-68 including tours in World War II, the Korean War, and the Berlin Crisis. He has also served as post officers including past commander. Way is a member of the VFW.