VFW to celebrate Armed Forces
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to thank their military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
Aug. 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States' secretary of defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force days. The event stemmed from the armed forces' unification under one department in the Department of Defense.
The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated May 30, 1950. The theme for that day was "Teamed for Defense," which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of the job performed and the role of the military in civilian life. Armed Forces Day was a day for the military to show equipment to Americans. It was also a day to honor and acknowledge Americans in the armed forces. Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held at the inaugural Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May, is now celebrated nationwide as part of Armed Forces Week. In 1962, President Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday.
To honor all persons who have served or are serving our country, VFW Post 7830 Auxiliary, Mankato, will host an appreciation coffee at the post home from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Salad Supper held in Burr Oak
Mother-Daughter Salad Supper held at Burr Oak Center
The Burr Oak Community Center was the site for the 2013 Mother-Daughter Salad Supper. Hosts for this year were Lynn Schulte, Esbon, and Kathleem Jeffery. They were assisted by Kathleen's daughter, Amber Gleason.
The theme for this year was "purses." Tables were decorated with flower filled purses of various sizes and shapes. The meal featured chicken salad, crackers, three bean salad, two kinds of pasta salad, Jell-O with Cool Whip and a choice of strawberry, chocolate or white cake frosted and topped with miniature frosting purses made by Brenda Eakins.
Seventy-three women and girls signed the guest book. Glenny Barnes gave the invocation before the meal. Following the meal, Lynn Schulte gave the welcome for the daughters. Her mother, Joyce Winfrey gave the mothers' response. Marilyn Jeffery, Northbranch, read a poem she had written for the evening about the history of purses. There was a display of favorite purses. With the help of her daughter Amber, and Lynn, Kathleen conducted a scavenger game involving contents of purses. Some of the items called for were a toothpick, flashlight, floss, rain bonnet, book, tissues, sewing kit, glasses repair kit, and mascara. Prizes were items which could be carried in a purse.
Leola Brown, mother of Sue Tucker, received gifts for being the oldest mother present as well as the mother with the most children. Cortney Kuhlmann was the youngest mother present. Colleen Jeffery received a prize for having the heaviest purse. Wanda Warner and Patsy Ord received prizes for the smallest and largest purses, respectively. Sonya and Aundrea Gardner and Jenny Landreth have consented to being hosts for next year's salad supper.
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