LARNED — Courtland Holman, Larned chamber of Commerce director, welcomed Clark Conaway, the 7th District Commander of the American Legion to Larned Tuesday. Conaway has previously served as Vice Commander of Post 414 in Kingman for 13 years and Vice District Commander of District 7.
Conaway was present when the Larned American Legion Post 106 swore in its officers Tuesday night. Commander Conaway, Commander Reverend Johnny Augmon and Officer Larry Miller participated in a very moving flag-raising ceremony at the City Pool July 4.
Officers elected are Rev. Johnny Augmon, commander, historian and chaplain; Ralph Arnold, first vice president; Phil Atteberry, second vice president; Randy Barnes, adjutant; Dan Harsh, sergeant of arms; Dane Davis, service officer; Don Burnett, judge advocate; Gary Schedeman, Dennis Wilson, Gary Hiestand and Larry Miller, club committee; and Manford Dellenger, Gary Hiestand and Sonny McConnell, elective committee.
“The citizens of Larned and Pawnee County are especially proud that Commander Conaway has joined us tonight,” Holman said., “Pawnee County and Larned is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Its rich history, the can-do attitude and support that its citizens give to their veterans is an awesome thing to see.
“Even with our current fiscal issues in our nation, the American Legion of Post 106 finds the ability to help others and assist veterans in times of need. The support that you give to this community and others is beyond belief.
“As the director of the Chamber I do my best to support the American Legion in its endeavors. I truly appreciate the support that our community also gives to the American Legion when asked upon for help and donations to support veterans and their families.
“Larned and Pawnee County has a long road ahead and some challenges to face if it is to succeed as an economic and social driver in Kansas,” he said. “So far, its citizen and organizations, such as the American Legion, have stepped up to the task.”