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Leon Magsamen honored with Living Veteran award

Leon Magsamen, third from left, received the annual Living Veteran Award during the Veterans Day program last Friday, Nov. 11. Shown with Magsamen at the mini-park flag raising in his honor are, l.-r., presenter Fern Medlin, American Legion Post 162 Commander Tina Landauer, and his wife, Margaret.
Leon Magsamen, third from left, received the annual Living Veteran Award during the Veterans Day program last Friday, Nov. 11. Shown with Magsamen at the mini-park flag raising in his honor are, l.-r., presenter Fern Medlin, American Legion Post 162 Commander Tina Landauer, and his wife, Margaret.
Continuing a long-standing tradition, the Living Veteran award was presented during Veteran’s Day ceremonies last Friday, Nov. 11, by Manderson Lehr American Legion Post 162 and Boone County VFW Post 736.
Magsamen was especially honored for his work and leadership in the American Legion Baseball program, where he has worked for 10 years to keep the summer program operating.
“Since 2006, that is 10 years, this veteran has been one of the main spokes in the wheel to keep this activity functioning each year,” said Fern Medlin, who presented the award. “He has given extensively of his time, his energy, his monetary donations, his encouragement and inspiration.”
Magsamen manages the annual baseball fundraiser banquet, and is known for personal contact each year with many local residents and businesses to secure the funds necessary for the program.
In accepting the award, he thanked many veterans and others who have assisted the program through the years.
Details in the Nov. 16 Albion News Print and E-Editions.