Veterans recognized at appreciation event in Brunsville

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

BRUNSVILLE — Veterans of Heeren-McHale-Wilken Post 724 were honored at the second annual Veterans Appreciation Event held Nov. 9, at the Legion Hall in Brunsville.

The idea for a veterans appreciation event came about when Jamie Goldmann was visiting family a few years ago in November.

After attending a pancake breakfast at the Brunsville Legion around Veterans Day, she had a vision to someday do something for those veterans who were working so hard to serve their customers.

(Photo Contributed) PFC Kylee Britt and PFC Juan Sanchez present veteran Norman Barker with his medal as he entered the Legion Hall. Barker, who will turn 102 this month, served in the Army in Japan during World War II.

Goldmann grew up with some of these veterans as relatives, neighbors, fellow church members, and friends. She and her family moved to Brunsville at the end of 2020, and the first Veterans Appreciation Event was put into motion.

At that first event, held Nov. 11, 2021, Post 724 Brunsville veterans and their spouses were recognized. Hors d’oeuvres, cake, and ice cream were served and a small thank you gift was given to the veterans.

The event seemed to be well received so the 2022 planning began shortly after.

(Photos Contributed) Veterans and their spouses or significant others were served a catered meal by the Corner Café of Brunsville and Lally’s Eastside of Le Mars.

The 2022 event began with the presentation of medals to thank the Post 724 veterans for their service. Iowa National Guard staff were on hand to present the medals and gave each veteran a salute. This was followed by a free, catered meal for Post 724 veterans and their spouses/significant others.

Custom made thank you cards designed by Le Mars Community elementary students were also given to each veteran.

The red, white and blue decor was accompanied by patriotic music during the evening.

(Photo contributed) Each veteran attending the Nov. 9 appreciation event received a medal thanking them for their service.

Each veteran was also able to take a couple small thank you gifts home.

Goldmann’s husband, Bill, shared a display of his collection of war time currency for everyone to enjoy.

A volunteer who helped at the event commented, “To see the smiles on the veteran’s face was so rewarding. It was so awesome to see them get some well deserved respect.”

Veterans represented the wars and conflicts from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War to Desert Storm and beyond.

Members of the Iowa National Guard Unit based out of Le Mars greeted each veteran and presented their medal. They were SFC Jesse Galles, PFC Kylee Britt, PCF Juan Sanchez, PFC Caiti Gregg and PCF Samual McIntyre.

Goldman sent out a heartfelt thank you to those who partnered to make the event possible, including: Premium Feed & Grain, Brunsville, which sponsored the medals; Rocky Mountain Resorts, Estes Park, Colorado; Iowa State Bank, Brunsville; Sam’s Club, Sioux City; Farmers Cooperative of Craig, Craig; Prairie Rose Golf Course, Brunsville; Debby Vierra, Corona, California; Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, Le Mars; Palmer’s Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe, Sioux City; elementary art students, Le Mars Community Schools; and Iowa National Guard, Le Mars.

She also thanked Lally’s Eastside, Le Mars, Corner Café, Brunsville; Five Star Awards and More, Sioux City; and all the volunteers who helped to make the event a success.

Heeren-McHale-Wilken Post 724 in Brunsville, is an active Post in our community, Goldmann said.

They offer a Pancake Breakfast the second Sunday of every month from October-April; host a Memorial Day service on Memorial Day at the Brunsville Legion; offer the Legion as a place to hold events such as wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, and community events; sponsor scholarships for high school seniors; and provide military services at members’ funerals.

“They are a great group of men that had a passion to serve their country, and now continue to be an integral part of our community. Thank you for your service Post 724 veterans, and we hope you all can make it next year for the 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation Event,” Goldmann said.

Learn more about Brunsville Post 724 on their Facebook page – American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Post 724 Brunsville IA.

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