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Maben Home and Garden travel to Columbus to visit the VFW

February 4, 2011

For the Daily News

Back several months ago, Reverend Randle Poss thought the Town of Maben needed some American flags to fly on patriotic days.
So he brought it to the attention to the Town of Maben’s Board of Alderman, but when nothing came of his request, he asked Maben Home Garden Club member Pat Harpole if she would ask the Maben Garden Club if they would assist the Town of Maben with this project.
Ms. Harpole then asked the members if they knew how we could assist the Town. Anne Earnest said she did not mind asking the Webster County VFW Post, but they were not able to assist the Oktibbeha County Town of Maben.
She reported to the club that she had not had any luck with the parties that she had asked for help. So she requested if anyone who lived in Oktibbeha County would take on the project of requesting help from the Oktibbeha County VFW Post. No luck there either.
But just by luck, Club Secretary Dottie Dewberry knew a member of the more affluent VFW in Lowndes County, who just happened to be the Commander in Charge Larry Maxey and who just happened to be Dottie’s brother. So when she asked if they could help, he said:  “I’m not a member of the garden club, and I am not on your schedule, but I will put it before the group and see what they say.” They said, “Yes.” Then Larry said, “I will order them when I get time.” Before long he called and said, “You can come pick them up.” This took less than a month. So from the Maben Home and Garden Club to the VFW Post 4272, we say, “Thank You”.
The Lowndes County VFW Post 4272 was organized August 8, 1945. This year the Commander is Larry Maxey, who served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War Era. One of his medals was the Purple Heart. Larry is the son of Sam and Dot Maxey. Sam was a member of the US Air Force and served during the World War II Era. One of his medals was the Bronze Star.
As I talked with the assembled group the day I picked up the flags, they told me they supported the Veteran’s Hospitals with parties during the year for the patients, with funding for clothing, and by visiting the patients throughout the year.  They also assist other VFW Posts; they assist the Humane Society, and assist the Camp Rising Sun, which is at Camp Henry Pratt.
As I was there, they tried to induct me into the Military Order of the Cooties, which are the people who can place wreathes on the graves at Arlington’s Cemetery in Washington, D.C. This is not a joke; this is a legitimate organization, which does lots of good work.
Americans, support your troops as they are the ones fighting for your freedoms and rights.

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