You may be aware of the young man, an Eagle Scout, who, on June 21, when he observed an 18-wheeler flipping while carrying a cargo of wood chips, saved the life of a truck driver.
The members of ALA No. 113 were aware of this and got to work.
Youth Hero Award is a program offered by the American Legion Auxiliary for situations just like this. A time, date, and location were chosen for the award presentation to Rylan Bradfield once the nomination was sent to the national office in Indianapolis.
This was Lufkin's fifth Youth Hero Award.
The first occurred in October 2007 while Lufkin Panthers quarterback John Patrick McCoy was on vacation with his parents and saved a youngster.
Coach John Outlaw insisted that the honor be awarded at a football game on the 50-yard line after learning about it. Thankfully, the Pasadena-based chairman of the National Children & Youth that year traveled to Lufkin to accept the award.
Later, she was elected as the country's president, and her flyer for the National Youth Hero Award featured the image of her handing McCoy the award.
We are currently creating a presentation of all of our award winners because they are all highly significant.
A certificate from the national president is also included with the Good Deed Award. Three of them have been distributed in Lufkin, with two going to young people who collected money or received donations for the Winnie Berry Humane Society. Those children are unique, loving, and compassionate.
A young man who gathered hundreds of pairs of socks for soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan received the first Good Deed Award at a Cub Scout meeting in April 2016.
Tanner Adams, a student at Longview's LeTourneau University who holds a pilot's license, was that young guy.
A particular act of goodness or bravery performed by one of our young people usually catches our attention.
Please inform us about any deserving young people you see or hear about. We think it's important to recognize the young people in our community who exhibit such unique qualities, skills, and compassion.
The majority of Young Hero Award and Good Deed Award winners are currently or have previously been Girl or Boy Scouts, though not all of them. Similar programs where young people work toward acquiring patches are offered by SAL and the American Legion Junior. Some of the patches are comparable to or honor Scout accomplishments.
All the surrounding high schools need to start planning for Boys State and Girls State. Both programs are exclusively available to young people in their junior and senior years.
They are both a one-week session where they are with young people their age from throughout the state. A lot of learning, including about government, not politics, will be done during this week of fun and fellowship.
Students are divided into Nationalists and Federalists rather than Democrats and Republicans, but they study how to set up the local, county, and state governments as well as how to campaign, write, and present bills. The week is concluded with a tour of the Austin capitol.
Alumni of Girls State or Boys State make excellent additions to resumes and college applications. The famous individuals that attended Boys State and Girls State might surprise you.
On the first Monday of each month, American Legion Family No. 113 gathers in the Angelina County Senior Citizens Center, 2801 Valley Avenue.
At 5:30 p.m., the Auxiliary meets, followed by the Post at 6 p.m. Join us and discover what we are all about.
You can find us on Facebook at ALA113LufkinTX or AL113AngelinaCounty. The website for the American Legion Family No. 113 is al113familylufkin.org.
On legion.org, txlegion.org, alaforveterans.org, or alatexas.org, you can join, renew your dues, and stay informed about events happening across the nation.
American Legion Auxiliary No. 113's Rita Redd serves as president. firstname.lastname@example.org is her email address.
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