Legion Post celebrates 60 years

Courtesy photos The Rheaume-Knauf American Legion Post 438 of Bark River recently celebrated 60 years of service. Shown are mementos that members brought in to share. At the end, it resembled a small military museum. The evening was concluded with an anniversary cake.

BARK RIVER — Rheaume-Knauf American Legion Post 438 celebrated 60 years of service recently. The Auxiliary arranged for a dinner to commemorate the anniversary. The commander touched on the history of the Post. The name Rheaume was derived from John Rheaume who was the first Bark River Area man to be drafted into World War I. Knauf was derived from Fred Knauf who was the first Bark River man to be killed in the line of duty during WW II.

Some of the events that the post headed up over the past years were the Bark River 4th of July celebration, annual smelt fry, youth firearm training, and legion baseball. Recently the Post began sponsoring legion baseball again, and conducts a very successful Gun, Knife & Outdoor Show for a fund raiser. Various veteran and community services including high school scholarships are supported by the funds raised.

Patriotic activities are at the helm of the Post: conducting of memorial funeral services for fellow veterans, destruction of dilapidated U.S. flags, Memorial Day Services at various local cemeteries, color guard leading the 4th of July Parade, and conducting an annual program at the Bark River Harris High School for Veteran’s Day.

The Auxiliary arranged to host a Patriotic Poppy Poster Contest at the junior high and high school. The art was displayed and all voted for a winner in each category. The display was phenomenal and one could see a lot of work went into the contest. The students are commended for their patriotic creativity and participation in the contest. Winners will move on to the state level contest.

The Legion and the Auxiliary also support local high school students to attend Girls State, Boys State, and Trooper School. They are currently looking for candidates to attend these programs this year.

In the invitations for the anniversary, the Auxiliary also encouraged Legionnaires to bring any mementos they may have of their service. It turned out to be a huge success, resembling a small military museum with many interesting items displayed.

The evening was concluded by the cutting of a beautiful anniversary cake enjoyed by all. Thanks to all who participated.