Special to The Hays Daily News

NATOMA -- The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 109 inducted officers during a special ceremony Oct. 13.

United in voice, they solemnly pledged to preserve the integrity of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, while contributing to the aims and purposes of the organization, and to uphold the ideals of justice, freedom, democracy and loyalty. Their commitment is an unselfish sense of duty to God and country.

The small rural Kansas unit continues to labor throughout the year by volunteering thousands of hours to serve veterans, living near and far, and through community work. Since 1919, auxiliary women across the United States have served during war and peace. Unit No. 109 joins 9,500 units throughout the United States and in several foreign countries in serving others.

The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women's patriotic organization in the world. The unit welcomes new members who are eligible through the military service of a grandfather, father, brother, sister or their own military service.

Unit No. 109 will join Natoma USD 399 in hosting the fifth annual Veterans Salute on Nov. 7 in the elementary gymnasium. Special guests will include the Kansas Commander of the American Legion Emery McKimmy, American Legion Auxiliary President Tonia Ison, and Col. Ernest Garcia, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

All K-12th students of USD 399 will participate during the morning event. Music is under the direction of Arla Homburg and Jennifer Feldcamp. The event is open to the public and follows this schedule: veterans display, 8:30 a.m., veterans discussion with students, 9 a.m., and veterans salute, 9:45 a.m.

Veterans are encouraged to display photographs and memorabilia of their service. A luncheon by reservation for veterans follows the event.

For new membership, contact Mary Murphy at (785) 785-885. For the veterans salute, contact Laah Tucker at (785) 885-4116.