MacCarron Family Martin Family Pete Stieger Mier Family
The Marengo American Legion Post 192 invited six local families to the Aug. 20 meeting for a Blue Star Banner ceremony to honor those individuals entering military service. Following a brat/hot dog meal with all the sides, the meeting was called to order, a prayer said, and the Pledge of Allegiance recited.
Commander Larry Dochterman began the ceremony.
“We, the Marengo Legion Post 192, the Women’s Auxiliary, and community welcome all the families present here this evening.
“We are here to honor those families who are going to or already have a son or daughter in the active military by presenting the parents or guardian with the Blue Star Banner. The banner is a nationwide symbol that represents a household that has an active military person or persons from it. The banner is usually displayed in a window from the home.
“Our country needs to have and needs to respect all individuals that are willing to serve and protect our nation and our way of life. It is a sacrifice that will certainly take the soldier away from home and familiar surroundings. It may put them in harm’s way. It is not just a sacrifice from them, but also for the families left behind.
“Our country is blessed to have enough men and women who will actively defend our heritage and carry on the task of safeguarding it. Therefore, we thank everyone involved in this endeavor.”
Families who received the Blue Star Banner at this ceremony were the families of:
-Mariana MacCarron, who entered the National Guard. She graduated Marengo Community High School (MCHS) in 2018 and entered military service this year as well. She will study to become a dental specialist. She is currently stationed at Fort Sill. The banner was accepted by Mayra MacCarron and family members.
-Easton Martin, who entered the National Guard. He has been a Boy Scout, played four years of baseball and studied architectural drafting. He graduated MCHS in 2018 and entered military service on Aug. 8, 2018. Easton will train to become a construction engineer. He is currently stationed at Fort Sill and Fort Leonardwood for AIT. The banner was accepted by Stephanie and Brett Martin and grandparents.
-James Mier, who has joined the Marines. He has participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and studied auto mechanics. He graduated MCHS in 2018 and joined the Marines on June 1. He will train to become a jet engine mechanic. He is currently stationed in San Diego. James’ father served in the Marine Corps. for 20 years. The banner was accepted by his mother Stephanie Mier and James’ brothers Jonathon and Joe.
-Erik Olejarz, who has entered the Army. He graduated from MCHS in 2018 and joined the military in June. He will train as a computer tech and is currently stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His family was not present at the ceremony.
-Hunter Richardson, who has joined the Marines. He graduated from MCHS in2016 where he played football. He will train in security forces nuclear weapons and is currently stationed at Paris Island and Kings Bay, Georgia. His grandfather was a fighter pilot and his father served in the Air Force. The banner was accepted by Shandra and Robert Richardson and family members.
-Josh Widmeyer, who has joined the Army. He graduated from MCHS in 2018. He participated in Boy Scouts and in shop classes. He will train in engineering and is currently stationed in Fort Leonardwood. The banner was accepted by his grandfather Pete Steiger. Each family received a hearty round of applause from those present.