American Legion continues Duck Supper tradition

American Legion continues Duck Supper tradition

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Members of the American Legion McLeod Post 47 Honor Guard stand in respect during a previously held Veterans Day program at Schuyler Central High School. The Legion will hold its annual duck supper Nov. 7 at the Eagles Club.

The American Legion McLeod Post 47 is hosting a duck supper at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Eagles Club in Schuyler.

The meal will be served at 6 p.m., following 30 minutes of social time and will feature duck, ham, dumplings and kraut. The cost is $14 for the public, which will pay for the meal and provide a donation to the Legion to help support the many community activities that it supports.

The event has been a staple of the Legion around Veterans Day for many years and provides an opportunity for members of the Legion to get together, share some laughs and continue to provide a future for the venerable institution.

“(We’re) trying to have a good time where we celebrate camaraderie together,” said Lumir Jedlicka, a long-time member of the McLeod Post. “We just try to have a time together. The duck supper is, in a fundraiser way, another way to celebrate the community together.”

Those who pay the $14 sum for the meal, referred to by Jedlicka as a “Thanksgiving feast”, will help the Legion provide for things like the Schuyler American Legion baseball team that takes the field every summer, Boys and Girls State in Lincoln and programs supporting involvement in county and local government.

“Those programs are only active because of our different Legions,” Jedlicka said. “There’s a Legion post in the north end of the county in Howells and there’s one in Clarkson. But, as our numbers dwindle, we get together to try and support each other.”

Those at the Legion keep the event going mainly to celebrate the work that Legion members have done in building the organization over the past 100 years. The hope is that this year’s supper will provide an additional boost for the next 100 years, as well.

“We had this started years back and we’re trying to keep it going,” Jedlicka said. “Harvest is over, so we’re celebrating that period and it fits in to celebrate this Legion group, so we try to keep it going. The support from the neighboring towns is great; people from Howells and different towns come, but we support each other’s programs.”

Jedlicka joined the Legion following his service in the Navy during Vietnam. He understands the value that the Legion has in terms of providing a place for fellow service members. With Veterans Day fast approaching, he’s appreciative of the opportunity that he had to meet so many and join another common cause.

“I joined the Legion after I got back out of the service,” Jedlicka said. “The camaraderie of other service members carries forth after you get out of the service.”

That camaraderie goes down through the ages, from members of the Legion who served in Korea and Vietnam to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even the sons get involved as well through the Sons of the American Legion program. As America and Schuyler reflect on the sacrifice of its veterans, the work that the Legion does shines through.

“There are new posts starting in the bigger cities because there are more soldiers coming back from these wars of Iraq and Afghanistan that need this camaraderie,” Jedlicka said. “Small towns are dwindling, but then there are new ones starting.

“The Sons of the American Legion support the Legioners, so we’re trying to make these young men proud that their father or their grandpa served.”

Zach Roth is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at zachary.roth@lee.net.

Zach Roth is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at zachary.roth@lee.net.

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