Veterans Day: Long-standing Legion tradition

Posted November 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

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Veterans Day in Akron is a “magnificent affair,” according to Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186 member Arden Gale, who is 86 years old — nearly as old as the local Legion’s event.

The Legionnaires’ trap shoot and Ladies Auxiliary’s traditional turkey dinner brought people from all around the area for the past 90 years, said Gale. “We’ve had the reputation of putting on a good affair” — from large pieces of pie to the veterans’ activities filled with camaraderie and fun.

The ladies probably peeled 100 pounds of potatoes for the mashed potatoes in the beginning, and were known to be good cooks, he said. The Legionnaires’ activities lasted until midnight. Young boys would manually load the clay pigeons for the trap shooting, and when night came, people would use their vehicles’ headlights to light the area.

“It was quite an affair,” said Gale. “It was a real asset to the village.”

On Monday, which is Veterans Day, the local legionnaires and Auxiliary members will be hosting their 91st annual celebration.

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