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American Legion celebrates birthday, honors heroes

GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville American Legion Post recently celebrated its 95th Birthday of the American Legion, the world’s largest Veterans service organization. The American Legion was established after World War I with a purpose to support veterans and their families. This mission continues today with a variety of local programs sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary: Boys and Girls State, oratorical contest, baseball, memorial services and honor guard for veterans, service officer assistance for veterans to obtain health care benefits, pensions for needy veterans, widow’s pensions and compensation benefits for service connected health issues. Each year the Grangeville American Legion honors community heroes including educators, first responders, city and county police officers, outstanding local business, the media and the press.

Winners of awards this year included the following:

Grangeville Elementary/Middle School Teacher of the Year: Cathryn Bailey; Grangeville High School Teacher of the Year: Matthew Elven; EMT of the Year: Kim Spencer, Advanced EMT; Police Officer of the Year, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office: Corporal Gideon Roberts; Police Officer of the Year, Grangeville City Police: Wes Walters; Firefighter of the Year: Terry Schlieper; Outstanding Business Contributions to the American Legion: Kevin Asker of Asker’s Foods; Media Award: KORT Radio, Melinda Hall; and Press Award: David Rauzi, editor, Idaho County Free Press.

Post 37 also selects a Legionnaire of the year. This year Roy Siggers was honored for his service to the Post. Despite chronic health issues and requiring continuous oxygen he is there to help other veterans. He attends post meetings, provides special treats for post meals and events, and helps with post funding raising activities. Siggers is a Paid up for Life member of the Post and a Veteran Era Retired Army Veteran. He and his family, wife Velma and daughter Loretta Harper and her husband, David, can always be counted on to support Post activities. Post 37 salutes a great American Legion member.

Unit 37, the ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, also selects an outstanding member to honor. Tara Nida received the Outstanding Auxiliary Member Award this year for her service as Unit President and contributions to helping with Post and Unit activities. Nida is the wife of retired Army Veteran, John Nida who is a member of American Legion Post 37. She always brings a smile and a helping hand to various Post and Unit activities.

For information contact Post Adjutant Morris Bentley at 983-5535.

— Katrina Bentley

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