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Edmonds and Stolts laughed and talked about the club and what it has meant to them and the community. But they’re not sure what the future holds in store.

Thomas Watts, 29, of Powell, was also at the dinner. Watts, who served nine months in Bahrain with the Wyoming Army National Guard, was the speaker for the event.

But he said he doesn’t plan to spend a lot of time at the Legion, and for a rather surprising reason.

“I don’t want to join,” he said. “I don’t feel what I’ve done is of the caliber of what they did over there.”

His wife Jessy, 29, and their daughter Hayden, 6, also attended the 95th anniversary celebration. Jessy said the Legion needs to do more to create “awareness” in the community of what it offers. More might attend events or join if they were informed, she said.

On the other side of the coin is Powell resident Bill Pearl, 83, who joined the Legion after he served during the Korean War more than 60 years ago.

The Colorado native, a Navy veteran, is popular at the post and wears a bright smile when he greets people. He said he enjoys time at the Legion and the people who spend time there.

“It’s pretty good,” Pearl said. “I like it because the people are nice and gentle.”


Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune,