The American Legion Baty-Tucker Post 168 was called to order on October 8 by Commander Curt Froyen with 15 members in attendance.

Reviews of the last months minutes, membership and finance reports were presented by Jack Spaur. All were approved.

Dale Mallory gave a recap of Boys Scouts activities which include fly fishing, haunted house, an outing to Sac Air Force base and a Colorado ski weekend, traveling by AmTrack. The Boys Scouts will be taking orders for Christmas wreaths in the very near future.

Conrad Nelson announced that two Knoxville High School Juniors accepted an invitation to attend the 2020 Hawkeye Boys State that will take place on June 21-26. Those selected are Cale Vasquez-Smith and Mason Murphy. A formal presentation will take place after the first of the year when information comes available.

We will be leading the homecoming parade on October 11 that starts at 3 p.m. We will also present colors prior to the football game as we do for all home games.

We will participate in the Optimists Club Trunk or Treat from the trunks of cars in the parking lot by the fire station from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. If rain conditions exist, this event will move to the old rec center gym.

Veterans Day events have been scheduled. Graceland Cemetery Avenue of flags will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 7 a.m. A breakfast at the VFW will take place afterwards for those that help with the flags. Flags will come down on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.

We will also have a membership/American Legion awareness table at the Armory Veterans Day breakfast, starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Setup will take place on Friday, Nov. 8.

Those receiving Quilts of Honor were identified. The presentation ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Knoxville High School commons area. 

It was voted and approved to give a donation to a Marine Veteran who lost both his legs in Vietnam when he was 19 years old to help cover his expenses. He is giving a speech at Pella Christian High School on October 12 at 7 p.m. 

The honor guard provided military rights for the veteran Billy DeHeer. 

Our next meeting will take place on November 12 at 5 p.m. at the old rec center. Any member or veterans interested in attending are welcome.

Meeting adjourned.

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