Veterans of Medina County, Ohio


Past Events

May 23: American Legion Post 202 honors

May 23: American Legion Post 202 honors 62-year member Leland Codding

American Legion Post 202 (the Oldest veteran’s organization in Medina County – founded in 1919, the birth year of the national American Legion) began its May meeting with a special recognition of Leland Codding, who has been a member of Post 202 for 62 consecutive years. And for most of those years he has served in the Legion Honor Guard.

Honor Guard Captain Ray Hewitt thanked Leland for his long service in the honor guard, especially for his many years of taking care of the rifles used at ceremonies, keeping them clean and persevering well into his 80’s in age, during ceremonies each six weeks at the Western Reserve National Cemetery, sometimes in bitter cold with wind chills at 10 degrees below zero and stifling heat in the summer.

Past Commander Dave Taylor told Codding, an Army veteran during the Korean War who was also a paratrooper, that he was the “glue” that transitioned the WWII/Korean War era with the Vietnam War vets and vets from the Global War on Terror.

(Below) Legion Post 202 commander Phill Grassa presents Leland with a special plaque to recognize his many years of service to the post. On hand for the occasion were his children and their spouses. Well done good and faithful servant!

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May 10: DAV Chapter 72 Conducts Change of Command

May 10: DAV Chapter 72 Conducts Change of Command

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(Above left) Departing Commander Curt Schwehm (right) exchanges pins with incoming commander Bill Williams. Schwehm was commander for four years and brought the chapter though the challenges of the 2-year COVID lockdown. Shown above right is incoming commander Bill Williams, who gives his priorities for his term as commander. (Below). State of Ohio DAV Commander Jim Kaster swears in the new officers for Chapter 72 for the coming membership year. Kaster is also a member of Chapter 72 and is one of three members of Chapter 72 in its history to also become the DAV State Commander of Ohio

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Lunches for Veterans - May 5th

May 5: Lunches for veterans returns to Veterans Hall

After two years of Covid, the Veterans Hall was back to sponsoring their twice annual (one in spring and one in the fall) luncheon for veterans in local assisted living facilities. Several facilities could not participate because of spring schedule conflicts, but we will hold this event again in the early fall before the cold weather comes in. Vets were treated to a fried chicken dinner and Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell was the keynote speaker to thank the vets for their service. Each vet was presented with an American flag and base to take back to their rooms.

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