Post marks 100 years, honors commander

  • Dick Dunning presents Wayne Thomas with the American Legion post 5 Cane in Peterborough Monday. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Peterborough observes Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

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Published: 5/30/2019 1:51:50 PM

American Legion Post 5 celebrated its 100th anniversary on Memorial Day by honoring longtime post commander Wayne Thomas with the annual Post Cane for his “leadership and commitment to this nation,” presenter Dick Dunning said.

“I cannot think of a more deserving person, than this year’s recipient, as we observe the 100th year of the founding of the American Legion,” Dunning said during his presentation of the Post Cane to Thomas. “He has been a member for 47 years, and is serving his 14th year as commander. He has led the unit to its highest memberships, of 225, for two years in a row. This recipient created the Veteran’s walkway and the gardens at these gates, and created the service at All Saints Church, for Veterans, on Veterans Day. He also reaches out to the members outside of the local area annually.”

Thomas is a veteran of the Coast Guard during which he served as an engineering storekeeper during Vietnam and traveled to Antarctica three times on a ice breaker called the Eastwind, out of Boston, Dunning said.

The Post Cane was presented to Thomas during Peterborough’s Memorial Day observances Monday, which also included a speech from Dunning as the day’s speaker.

Dunning was with the United States Special Forces from 1966 to 1969, serving in Vietnam in 1968, and is the recipient of a bronze star and a purple heart.

“It has always been important, and should always be, to share the names of those who gave their lives for our freedom. This sharing of names keeps these individuals alive,” Dunning said.

Dunning also shared the story of John J. Kedenburg, a “true American hero,” who lost his life in Vietnam.

Peterborough father and son Marc and John Cramer were also honored at the observance for their heroism in rescuing a driver from a fiery crash in Dublin earlier this year.




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