American Legion U.P. Mid Winter Tour set

Courtesy photo From left, on hand to Greet the Detachment Commander of the Son’s Mike Holly were Zach Pendell, Detachment Adjutant; John Pickard, Past Commander 71; Don Couillard, Second Vice Commander 71; Michigan Son’s Commander Mike Holly, U.P. Zone Membership Chairman George Maciejewski and Squad 71 Commander Randy Bruntjens.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2020 Upper Peninsula Association of American Legion Posts Mid-Winter Conference is planned Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, at the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 in Iron Mountain.

Attending the conference will be Michigan Department Commander Barry Wood, Department Auxiliary President Georgia Downs, Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Mike Holly and Department Adjutant Ron Runyan. One of the first stops was Monday Night in Gladstone at the August Mattson Post 71. The group was greeted by Commander Darren Folker and Son’s Commander Randy Bruntjens and Auxiliary President Peggy Anderson and members of Post 71

The annual tour is a week-long event that provides an opportunity for the leadership to visit with Legionnaires, veterans, and their families from the U.P. as they visit various American Legion Posts, the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, and the Iron Mountain VA Hospital.

“Michigan is a big beautiful state and this annual tour gives the Legion leadership the opportunity to thank all of the people specifically in the Upper Peninsula for the service they provide to our American Heroes” said Barry Wood, department commander, “and give us the opportunity to see firsthand the work they do for our veterans.”

The Saturday banquet time has been scheduled earlier this year to allow for people to attend and be able to hear the speaker and department leaders before leaving for the evening. There will not be a several-hour gap in between the afternoon meeting and the banquet. This is intended to encourage more people to stay for the banquet and support Post 50.

Nominations are also being sought for the Legionnaire of the Year for 2019. Names of those Legion members that is deserving of recognition for their longtime American Legion service can be sent to Commander Carl Morrison of Marquette at nutsy622@aol.com or Adjutant Ray Carlson of Negaunee at rcarlson9851@charter.net.