2017-12-02 / Front Page

Legion Potter Post 192 honored


Jim Boothby (left) and Buck Hayes perform the traditional Last Roll Call and Taps ceremony at the American Legion Post 192 Veterans Day Dinner. Potter Post 192 was recognized by the national American Legion organization for its service to veterans and the community. Jim Boothby (left) and Buck Hayes perform the traditional Last Roll Call and Taps ceremony at the American Legion Post 192 Veterans Day Dinner. Potter Post 192 was recognized by the national American Legion organization for its service to veterans and the community. This year’s Veterans Day Dinner at American Legion Potter Post 192 in Coudersport took on added significance.

Having learned of Post 192’s record of supporting military veterans and serving the community, Cameron Richardson, editor of the national American Legion publication and website, came to Coudersport to see things first hand.

Excerpts from Richardson’s report follow:

Nearly 100 veterans and their guests enjoyed a dinner on Veterans Day at American Legion Potter Post 192. The post has held the dinner, free of charge, for nearly 20 years, according Adjutant Ted Parsell, a 17-year member of the post.

It’s a time to sit as a family, pay respects to recent Post Everlasting Legionnaires, and savor a hearty meal catered by Legion Auxiliary member Chris Schmoyer and served by youths from the Bullseye Blasters 4-H shooters. The post has sponsored the air rifle team for the past 10 years.

“This is our way of giving back. We are very grateful for Post 192’s sponsorship,” said Buck Jackson, a Sons of the American Legion Squadron 192 member and instructor for the Bullseye Blasters.

“I enjoy helping and being here to appreciate all the veterans,” said Rosie Anderson, 15, who has competed on the team for seven years. “I really appreciate what they do for us.”

Following dinner, attendees heard from Carl Olshefskie, past department commander of Pennsylvania, who reminded all what Veterans Day is about.

“It is up to us that every veteran feels that his or her service to this country is appreciated,” Olshefskie said. “There are many ways we can recognize their sacrifice. But the easiest way is to simply say thank you for what you have done for our country. As a nation, we should commit to serve our veterans as they have served us.”

Pennsylvania Central Vice Commander Dale Miller noted that the American Legion will soon celebrate its centennial.

“It started from veterans helping veterans and serving veterans,” he said. “So I ask you, who is going to fill your shoes in this post once you’re gone? Find an Iraq or Afghanistan veteran. Invite them into your post and support them.”

Post 192 also hosts a big dinner for its members and veterans on March 19, the Legion’s birthday.

Coudersport may be a town of less than 3,000, but it has a thriving veterans population that includes more than 300 Legionnaires who belong to Post 192. Community support has allowed its members to donate $81,000 back into its community for youth activities and other local programs.

“The sign in front of our post says it all -- We served our country, now we serve our community,” Parsell said.

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