Lake Stevens Memorial American Legion Post 181 recognized Vern Rasmussen as the Legionnaire of the Year at their annual banquet held May 1 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.
As 1st Vice Commander for this last year, Rasmussen demonstrated the willingness and initiative to learn more about American Legion programs in order to help Post 181 members, those from this area currently serving in the military, and the community of Lake Stevens.
He organized and developed a plan to prepare and coordinate events for those programs. This made the entire Post 181 run more smoothly.
Rasmussen took a leadership role at several events throughout the year and assisted at many other functions. Volunteer organizations need people who can donate time and talents, and he was recognized for this by his peers. His attitude and efforts made a tremendous difference for Post 181 last year. Other recognitions and awards were presented beforehand to several Legion and Auxiliary members who also volunteered significant hours during the year. District #2 Commander Loren Sperry and Area 1 Department Vice Commander Jake Cabuag were special guests and spoke to the local members. Joining them were Auxiliary District #2 President Laura Shanahan and Auxiliary Department Chaplain Johanna Cabuag. The meal was catered by Chef Nikki Scheibel from Lake Stevens High School and her team of culinary arts students.
The American Legion is the world’s largest wartime veterans organization. It was chartered by Congress in 1919 after World War I to help those military veterans and their families who needed help after “The War to End All Wars.”
The use of the poppy as a symbol of support for wounded veterans originated at this time because of the poem “Flanders Fields.” Two years later efforts by The American Legion resulted in the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, forerunner of the Veterans Administration. The Legion continues to lobby for adequate funding to cover medical, disability, education and other veterans benefits. For more information about The American Legion, contact Tony Morea at 360-631-3242 or visit their website at www.post181.org.