BAXTER SPRINGS - One of Baxter Springs' very own just received one of the highest honors in the state for an American Legion commander. At their monthly meeting on June 13, Post 206 American Legion of Baxter Springs honored Dan Webb, who was named Commander of the Year by the Kansas American Legion at their annual state convention.

In presenting Webb with this prestigious title, the Kansas American Legion cited his 100 percent membership over the past six years; bringing his unit from eight members in 2010 to sixty-seven this past year; his community service with Veteran’s parades; his unit’s work with the Baxter Springs Memorial Park; naming a policeman/fireman of the year, Boy Scout of the year, Boys State participant from Baxter Springs High School, and honoring a student each year for the American Legion Student Leader of the Year; the membership monthly breakfast each first Saturday of every month, and use of the hall for the community jam session each Thursday of the week.

The Third District also noted that Baxter Springs Francis Rolland Romack Post 206 is the number one contributor, of the Third District, in reaching their state goal each of the last six years.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.