Honoring Valley Veterans

Arianna Fetzer, of Milton, worked meticulously on preparing a poppy Sunday at the American Legion in Milton. She is a member of the junior auxiliary.

MILTON — The Improved Milton Experience (T.I.M.E) and American Legion Post 71 Ladies Auxiliary teamed up Sunday to host a celebration of the 100th anniversaries of the legion and auxiliary.

Military artifacts, uniforms, old flags, newspaper clippings and historical photos were displayed and speakers talked about their legion experience throughout the afternoon.

Tom Fetzer, a World War II veteran, shared stories with veterans and others and legion auxiliary members and junior auxiliary members talked about how poppies are made and what the sale of poppies does for the American Legion.

“We were going to do something to celebrate the history and we got with T.I.M.E. to see if they could help,” said Clyde Fetzer, post commander. “It’s wonderful to see a group step up. We’re trying hard to help the community in any way we can — military funerals, Flag Day, Memorial Day — and it’s nice to see the community help when we need help.”

American Legion members continue to meet while the home association is closed, and Legion members continue to serve at veterans funerals and other community events.

Long-time legion and auxiliary members noted the event, which also featured light refreshments, was dedicated to those who have served, and continue to serve.

Post 71, Milton, is named in honor of Lt. Col. Wallace Fetzer, who was killed in action during World War I. Fetzer, who was active in the Milton community and head of schools in Milton prior to leaving for the war, was the first high-ranking Pennsylvania officer killed in the war.

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