American Legion post 129 held their annual rabbit fry Tuesday.
Following the Veteran’s Day Parade on Monday, the American Legion thanked their veterans with a hearty dinner of fried rabbit, potatoes, coleslaw and dinner rolls. The dinner was free to all veterans, with all other attendees asked give a token donation.
Around 100 people were expected to be served, according to post commander, Kenny Coons. The dinner has been held for at least 15 years, with Legion members traditionally cooking the dinner themselves. This year, however, Coons insisted on not having veterans cook their own meal. The Boy Scouts, who also participated in Monday’s parade, helped bus tables during the dinner.
“Our sole purpose is to provide for veterans,” said Coons. “The American Legion helps veterans who’ve served in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Invasion of Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm and Afghanistan find services that pertain to veterans.”
There are many opportunities open to veterans, said Coons; in fact, he added, listing them all would take too long, and veterans often don’t realize the number and variety of services available.
Coons encourages male and female veterans alike to join the American Legion, “There’s strength in numbers,” he said. “The American Legion is losing many WWII veterans to age, and consequently, the legion’s numbers are dwindling.”
Currently, around 400 Legionnaires belong to post 129.
“I’d like to extend my thanks,” said Coons, expressing gratitude to everyone who’s donated money to the American Legion, including the general public, businesses, Mayor Gary Herbert and all the post members who help keep post 129 running.
American Legion post 129 can be contacted at 812-663-2199.
Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004.