Hackensack American Legion Auxiliary attends state convention

Hackensack American Legion Auxilariy receives awards

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WILLMAR — The American Legion Auxiliary, including members from Hackensack, attended their state convention July 14-16 at the Willmar Conference Center in Willmar.

Auxiliary members from Hackensack, representing the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #202, were Shirley Frederick and Nancy Albrecht.

Department President Patti Coleman presided over the convention, which began with greetings from the mayor of Willmar and Legion representatives.

Included among the convention highlights:

  • Edna Thayer, of Elysian, was named unit member of the year.
  • DeeDee Buckley, Pequot Lakes, Northwestern Division national vice president; and Angel Narvaez-Negron, Puerto Rico, Western Region national vice commander, were guest speakers.
  • Department of Minnesota Legion Commander Tom Fernlund, Sons of the American Legion Commander Tim Weaver and Legion Riders Director Ted Berg gave welcoming remarks.

Hackensack Unit 202 received the following awards: Leadership, President’s Award of Excellence and Florence Hamel Plaque; Memorial, Patriot Award; National Security, Best Overall National Security Program.
They also received certificates of merit for Auxiliary Emergency Fund, History, Leadership, Memorial, National Security, Past Presidents Parley and VA and Rehabilitation. A Presidential Citation was given to membership for achieving 100% goal on Jan. 31, 2022.


There are 421 units in the department with 105 units registered. There were a total of 194 registered attendees, which included delegates, alternates, guests, junior members, department executive board members and past presidents.

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