MARQUETTE — The Marquette American Legion Post 235 is celebrating its 99th birthday on March 13. Besides the birthday celebration, the Legion is also celebrating its members.

"We try to honor the ones that have been there for a long time. We are honoring those who have reached their plateau this year and each year we celebrate somebody who has reached that time," said Marilyn Hendrix, president of the Marquette American Legion Auxiliary.

Those who are being honored are: Arnold V. Hedberg and Twila Lindfors for 60 years, Merlyn Larson and John Rawson for 50 years, Jackie Larson, Pam Morel, Martha Ritter and Debra Rush for their 45 years of membership.

The Marquette American Legion has celebrated its birthday for several years to keep the tradition alive.

"It's something that is important and it's just a time to honor the people that have served, and I want both the men and women to be honored," Hendrix said.

The celebration is open for the public, and those attending can bring a dish for the free potluck meal, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The meat, bread, drinks and cake will be provided.

"We have a lot of fun and these are people we have known a lot over the years, so come and eat and join us we're open — its a family affair — the more the merrier. It's important to keep our membership up and keep people involved," she said. 

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