Clinton Legion to celebrate 100 years

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  • Photo provided (From left): Michael Morouney, 1st Vice Commander and weapons care taker, and Donald Newman Jr. are preparing for the Clinton American Legion Post 440 open house on March 23 from 1-5 p.m.

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    Pastorius

  • Photo provided (From left): Michael Morouney, 1st Vice Commander and weapons care taker, and Donald Newman Jr. are preparing for the Clinton American Legion Post 440 open house on March 23 from 1-5 p.m.

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    Pastorius

CLINTON - Everyone's invited to The American Legion Post 440's 100th anniversary open house celebration set from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at 508 Front St.

"Come and please bring your friends and family to this historical open house event," said Carol Pastorius, post adjutant.

The anniversary celebration will feature military vehicles to explore as well as a display of military artifacts from the Civil War to the conflict in Afghanistan. The vast array of items will include rifles, bayonets, swords and an assortment of guns as well as uniforms, plaques and posters.

Visitors also will be able to learn about flag folding and the meaning of each fold. Attendees will be treated to a ceremony where five veterans representing the five military branches will be presented with a Quilt of Honor in a special ceremony around 2:30 or 3 p.m.

Pastorius said the Quilt Barn is an organization which makes the quilts with the designs of the five military branches incorporated into them.

The following people will receive a Quilt of Honor: U.S. Army's Zelma Aufderhaar, WWII, Past Post Vice Commander and Adjutant and member of 39 years; U.S. Air Force's John Clint, Vietnam, Post Sergeant at Arms and weapons handler, Color Guard Detail and member of four years; U.S. Marine Corps' Carol J. Pastorius, Vietnam, Post Adjutant, Membership Officer, Post Badger Boys Representative and Color Guard Detail and member of 19 years; U.S. Navy's William Kutz, Vietnam Post Color Guard Detail and Vets Roll Organization Board and Post member of 18 years; and U. S. Coast Guard's Gregory S. RePaal, Vietnam, who served various organizations in the Clinton Community and Post member of 26 years.

Some of the Women's Auxillary members will be serving refreshments during the big day.

Pastorius said organizers have been planning the anniversary event since last September.

The Post has 98 members who pay dues and about 15 to 25 members who show up for meetings. The Post performs color guard ceremonies for the football team at Clinton High School, does ceremonies for Veterans Day and Memorial Day as well as at area schools. It also performs color guard detail at funerals and participates in the poppy day program.

The post has six women who are members including a Gulf War Army Veteran.

Pastorius had a 19-year military career after graduating Clinton High School. She served in the Marine Corps from March 1968 to 1971 for active duty; Marine Corps Reserve from 1974 to 1978; Air Force Reserve from 1978 to 1980; and Navy active duty from 1980 to 1986. Pastorius, who lives in Avalon, worked at Pizza Hut after getting out of the military and various other jobs. She later joined the Post as her father the late Edgar Weiland was a member as a WW2 Army Veteran. Her youngest brother Francis Weiland, a Marine Corp Vietnam Veteran who is a retired postmaster from Avalon, is also a Post member.

Pastorius is also vice commander and adjutant for the Rock County American Legion Council.

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