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American Legion honored with proclamation, also names its essay winners

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 4/10/19

A proclamation presented by Mayor James H. Curry III honored Middletown American Legion Post 594 on the occasion of the legion’s 100th anniversary at the March 19 council meeting.

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American Legion honored with proclamation, also names its essay winners

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A proclamation presented by Mayor James H. Curry III honored Middletown American Legion Post 594 on the occasion of the legion’s 100th anniversary at the March 19 council meeting.

The proclamation noted the legion’s mentorship of youth, its advocation of patriotism and of veterans and their families, and the organization’s tradition of community service.

Nationally, the American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919.

Locally, Post 594 is three years shy of its 100th birthday, as the post dates to 1922, according to Post Commander William Douglass.

Post 594 marked the 100th birthday of the American Legion with an event at the legion hall on High Street on March 17.

The post honored as Middletown police officer of the year Patrol Officer Keegan Wenner. The honor for Lower Swatara Township police officer of the year went to Sgt. Scott Young.

Honored as firefighters of the year by Post 594 was Joseph Dorsaneo of the Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department, and Zachery Cleland of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department.

The post also named its essay contest winners for 2018-19. Essays written by Middletown Area School District elementary and middle school students were judged on the category, “How can we address and prevent veteran homelessness in our communities?”

In grades 3 and 4, first place went to Reece Young of Reid Elementary School and second place to Tobiaz Przybylski, also of Reid.

In grades 5 and 6, first place went to Zoe Handwerk of Kunkel Elementary, second place to Cassidy Pomraning of the middle school, and third place to Strummer Woodworth of Reid Elementary.

In grades 7 and 8, first place went to Ryan Foreacre, second to Max Dupes and third place to Aurora Demko, all of the middle school.