PARIS – Area students were honored by the Floyd A. Harlow Post 9787, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in South Paris on June 1. Students participated in poster and essay contests for Loyalty Day, May 1, and winners were honored at a dinner along with their parents and teachers.

An awards ceremony followed when certificates of merit were issued to all the winners along with gifts of money.

Winners of the Loyalty Day poster contest were Devon Witcop, Richie Schmieks and Teresa Dalpe. Middle school teacher Pam Berry accepted the awards for Richie and Teresa, who were unable to attend the ceremony.

Next up were the winners of the Loyalty Day essay contest. They included Jeremy Reed, Shelby Scribner and Ashley West. Teachers Joan Dean, Doug Hoy and Donna Kennison were recognized for their help and positive influence.

The joint June meeting of the post and auxiliary typically honors members of the 103rd Regiment who fought in World War II. Present this year were Ed Barker, East Stoneham; Al Immonen, South Paris; and Bill Mitchell, Massachusetts. Bill Chouinard and Myron Pierce were also recognized.

Bob Sessions was surprised with a birthday cake as everyone sang “Happy Birthday.” Following the ceremony the post and auxiliary adjourned to their respective meetings.

Senior Vice President Donna Wing was installed into office by former Auxiliary Past District President Shirley Gatchell. The Auxiliary charter was draped in memory of Thelma Card, who died on May 7. She was a long-time auxiliary member as well as past president and secretary.

The auxiliary will meet again on July 6. No food will be needed. The post will not meet again until September.


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