Legion dedicates new post building in Cerro Gordo
CERRO GORDO — There was a lengthy list of things to get through at the formal dedication of the new Cerro Gordo American Legion Post building.
But getting things done is nothing new for the members of Post 117, who have been sponsoring local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, Legion baseball teams, scholarships and essay contests for decades. Not to mention standing up for the rights of veterans.
Now that they have a larger post home — including a banquet hall with seating for up to 150 — the Legion hall should become even more of a community hub, hosting wedding receptions and other gatherings.
A ceremony last weekend included prayer, a brief address by a former legion state commander, honoring of local World War II veterans and, following the 45-minute service, a meal.
"We are very pleased with the turnout," Post Commander Wayne Handley said of the nearly 150 who showed up for the dedication. "We knew we would have dignitaries because they come to our post for past commander dinners, but to have the community show up like they did, that was very encouraging. And that's what we've always said we want this place to be."
Legion members stuck to their roots by honoring the 10 World War II veterans who still belong to the local unit. Seven of them were on hand: Adrian Albert, Lorraine Albert, Roy Babcock, Fred Barlow, Everett Getz, Ralph Smith and George Wrighthouse. Ramona Henricks, Don Pipher and Ed Zagorski are also Post 117 members who are part of the "Greatest Generation."
The new post home includes the banquet hall, bar area, office and storage. About $140,000 was raised to fund the renovations.