By Steve Peterson
Ron DeBoer has been a member of the Two Oakes American Legion Post No. 254 for about 40 years now. He presently serves as its Sergeant-At-Arms.
“I mostly take care of the weapons and at meetings I place a banner at the Prisoners of War chair at the table,” DeBoer told The Akron Hometowner. “I also fold flags and give them to family members of departed comrades. It’s the last thing we can do for a veteran.”
DeBoer, of Hawarden, is a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years after graduating from West Sioux High School in 1967.
“We all went to Sioux County and got on the same bus, ending up in Fort Lewis for basic training in Washington State,” said DeBoer.
After serving his country, he worked at the Hawarden Post Office for more than 20 years and also earned an Associate of Arts degree from the former Sioux Empire College in Hawarden.
“I enjoy being part of the Legion and as being as active as we are. I’m on the Firing Squad and the Color Guard,” said DeBoer.
The American Legion, which gained the Sioux County Freedom Rock, continues to be an attraction to Hawarden’s Memorial Park. Painted in July it was dedicated in September. Ray “Bubba” Sorensen’s artwork is on the rock which is part of a 99-counties of Iowa effort.
“My main purpose of having it here was to have a connection to the original Freedom Rock,” said DeBoer.
Current officers for Two Oakes American Legion Post are Dallas Huebner as Commander; Larry Bauder, Vice Commander; Adjutant Jim Petry; Finance Officer Harlan Van Egdom; and Chaplain Larry Morehead.
The American Legion meets the first Monday of the month at Hawarden’s Senior Citizen Center.
The Oakes Post hosted the Ninth District convention held Oct. 12 in Hawarden.
Veterans Day Event
In an effort to thank and support the veterans of Sioux County, the Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission is hosting an Open House for all Sioux County veterans and their families.
The Open House will be from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City.
Speakers include Iowa Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), retired Brigadier General Iowa Air National Guard, at 3 p.m.
There will not be a Veterans Day program at the West Sioux Community Schools as it is held only every other year.