Published On: Fri, Jun 16th, 2017

Banks to be honored for being ALA member for over 60 years

WAUSA — American Legion Auxiliary, Anita Banks, has been a member of ALA for over 60 years. She reports that she is now 95 years old and has been serving as chaplain for Auxiliary Earl Norman Post #64 in Wausa for the past four years.
She said her husband was in the Navy six years as a gunner with over two years on Battleship Colorado by Japan. The day World War II was announced on the radio, she was working for Douglas Aircraft in California as a riveter building planes. Whistles were blowing to warn the people all over the city.
In the early years the Legion/Auxiliary had several members both men and women. “We would get together frequently through our local Earl Norman Post #63,” Banks said.
The ALA Auxiliary sponsored many projects: Bingo, lunches at Veteran’s home, two girls to Girl’s State every summer, Memorial service programs, selling poppies to assist in supporting our veterans, benefit dinners, etc. were the norm in this area of Nebraska.
Anita is one of the several who will be honored for their many years with the Auxiliary on June 28, at the Countryside Villa at 4 p.m., sponsored by Earl Norman Post #3 Auxiliary.  Area residents are encouraged to stop in and have refreshments in the activity room with the American Legion Auxiliary to honor long time members.