The American Legion Post #158 Oyster Supper Draws Large Attendance

by Charlotte Purdy

The week leading up to the annual The American Legion Post #158 Oyster Supper brought concerns to the Post when frigid cold temperatures prevented the recent snow and ice from melting from the roadways, leaving Post members wondering just how many would show up to the annual event. Those concerns did not halter the preparations for the event as Post and volunteers worked together to prepare the freshly fried oysters, raw oysters, and shrimp, along with the best home cut french fries around!

Shortly after 4:00 p.m., on Friday, January 19, 2024, attendees started arriving and getting in line as they waited for the first batch of the fried oysters to be ready. Those who didn’t get in line browsed the many silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals, and entered the raffles that were available by Post #158 and Unit #158.

By 5:00 p.m. the tables were quickly filling, and Post members and volunteers took a few minutes to bring out more tables and chairs to accommodate the attendees. Many friendly faces were seen during the event, as they have attended each year for as long as they can remember, and then there were some who were in attendance for the first time. All agreed with the fact that the oysters and shrimp were delicious!

The annual event drew in nearly 400 attendees this year despite the bitterly cold weather. Aside from the main menu items, a few local Veterans and their families joined The American Legion during the event! Membership at Post #158 is important to the overall success of the Post, and it is always an added benefit of any event to have new members join!

The American Legion Brown-Wright Post 158 was chartered in 1946 and for 78 years they have played an important part in veteran’s lives as well as in the community. Brown-Wright Post 158 sends boys in their junior year of high school at DeWitt High School to Boys State each year, award scholarships to DeWitt High School Seniors, and more.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. There are nearly 2 million members of The American Legion, making it the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization.

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