Leominster Legion Celebrates Holidays with Fun for All
LEOMINSTER -- American Legion Auxiliary Unit #151 celebrated the season last Sunday at its holiday party.
The group, composed of women who support the American Legion and have veterans in their families, hosted the event at the city’s Veterans Center.
Auxiliary President Bonnie Hanlon said that the group has been working on the event for nearly a year.
“It’s our way of celebrating the holidays with veterans and their families,” she said. Veterans, who are associated with the legion, were invited to attend alongside auxiliary members and their families.
Children under the age of 12 were celebrated and provided with gifts from Santa Claus, who arrived halfway through.
The event featured singing by unit historian Mary Warpula. Warpula led the children in sing-alongs, celebrating the occasion with tunes like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The event also featured relay races, games, and a few raffles. The ladies of the auxiliary also provided several types of holiday cookies for attendees to enjoy.
Several local Boy Scouts organized the games at the event, teaching and supervising the young children who participated.
One such game was pin the tail on Rudolph. The Boy Scouts blindfolded each child during the game and the individual who came closest to pinning the tail on the reindeer went home with the picture of Rudolph.
John Hanlon, a former president of the local American Legion unit, read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the children before Santa arrived.
With “Santa Claus is coming to Town” playing in the background, Santa finally arrived with gifts for all of the children and gave each of them an opportunity to say what they wanted for Christmas.
“We were excited he made time for us,” Bonnie Hanlon said. “We’re hoping we can make this an annual event. That’s my Christmas wish.”
If interested in becoming a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #151, email Bonnie Hanlon at email@example.com .