By Kristine Kern
American Legion Posts are a source of support for men and women who have served in the Armed Forces for the U.S. Whether they served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard these “brothers in arms” join together as Legion members to form a unit and make a difference in their communities.
The Lismore Legion Post 636 is 62 members strong and is blessed with a Sons of the American Legion Post that has a little over one hundred members. The Lismore Ladies Auxiliary remains strong with 50 members. These Legion, SALA and Auxiliary members are committed to making sure that Veterans within their reach know they are remembered and appreciated. Whether they are carrying out full Military Funeral Honors, Memorial Day Services, visits and donations to the Luverne Veterans Home supporting other Legion projects in the area, or simply a ride to a doctors appointment. Members are willing to donate their time and services to those who gave so much to their country.
It was approached at a regular Legion meeting that the members would like to do something for fellow Legion member Roger McHarg who has been battling stomach cancer since January. It was decided to paint Roger and his wife Polly’s house.
Roger served as an Army Engineer attached to the Marine Corp during Vietnam. Roger served his country from 1967-70. Roger, who grew up near Fulda, and wife Polly, originally from Iona, have been residents of Lismore since 1974. They raised their two daughters Carmel and Charlotta in Lismore. Roger began having health issues a year ago in April and was diagnosed with stomach cancer in January. Roger also had to have his gall bladder removed recently. At the time of this story Roger and Polly were awaiting Rogers next appointment and hoping to hear the words “cancer free.”
When word got out of the Legion’s plan to paint Roger and Polly’s house it became a community project with not only Legion, SAL and Auxiliary members picking up their scrapers and paint brushes but community members chipping in with donations of time, muscle and money. The Legion began the project in respect and gratitude to a fellow veteran and Legion member. The community joined in to help their friends and neighbors Roger and Polly Mc Harg in their time of need.