.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: EISENHOWER PILGRIMAGE

SUSAN JENNINGS

CONTACT INFORMATION:

susanjen@peoplepc.com

 

 
DISTRICT COMMUNITY SERVICE/EISENHOWER PILGRIMAGE CHAIRMAN
No chairman were reported for this committee by the Districts. The chairman listed are for the main committee of Community Serivce.
District One Karon Cook klckaron01@sbcglobal.net Click:Go to District Page
District Two Nancy Mysliwski mysliwski7@icloud.com Click:Go to District Page
District Three Linda Vail None Click:Go to District Page
District Four Karen Reed kreed3136@gmail.com Click:Go to District Page
District Five Annette Scheaffer ams.ksala@gmail.com Click:Go to District Page
District Six NONE NONE Click:Go to District Page
District Seven Nancy McGaughey makmama@cox.net Click:Go to District Page
District Eight Karen Depperschmidt lifesaverbme@yahoo.com Click:Go to District Page

Pilgrimage History

The Kansas American Legion and The Kansas American Legion Auxiliary in October of 1982 held the first Eisenhower Memorial Day Observance at Abilene, Kansas.  The purpose of the event is to memorialize and pay tribute to the only United States President who claimed Kansas as his home state.  This event is the joint effort of both the Kansas American Legion and its Auxiliary with the cooperation of all Legion Posts and Units and all other ancillary organizations including the 40 and 8, 8 and 40, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Riders and La Femmes.  Also, the cooperation of the Adjutant General of Kansas and supporting groups of the National Guard and the United States Army at Fort Riley.  The two most instrumental individuals in organizing the event were:  Past National Auxiliary President Dora Seymour and Past National Commander Harry G. Wiles.  The Pilgrimage, held annually on the Saturday closest to President Eisenhower's birthday (October 14, 1890) enables our legion family to remember and pay homage to this great American and beloved Kansas son.

Some highlights - in 1997, the committee unanimously agree to update the program and its format by replacing those wreaths worn and deteriorated - approximately 200, with long stem red and white silk roses.  A number of wreaths found in good condition were retained and are still laid at the place of meditation and around the fountain by distinguished guests.  In 1998, our distinguished guest list included representation from the Departments of Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  Past National Commander Butch Miller appointed Past National Vice Commander Jim Gravenstein to represent the organization that year.  2002 was a special time as former President George Bush attended and dedicated a new wing in the Dwight David Eisenhower Museum.

To view promotional video... CLICK HERE FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO

"The Eisenhower Pilgrimage - A Tradition of Remembrance"

 The Inaugual Prayer- January 20, 1953

Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment, my future associates in the executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication in the service of the people in this throng and their fellow citizens everywhere.

     Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling.

    May cooperation be permitted and by the mutual aim of those who, under the concept of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; - so that all may work for the good of our beloved Country and for Thy glory. Amen

 

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the District Chairman by December 1, 2017.

Year-End Unit Report are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2018.
THE FRIDAY BEFORE EISENHOWER PILGRIMAGE EACH YEAR THERE IS A DINNER HOSTED BY THE CHAPMAN LEGION FAMILY. . THIS YEAR'S WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 13, 2017, IN CHAPMAN, KANSAS. SEE FORM FOR MORE DETAILS!
EISENHOWER PILGRIMAGE IS HELD IN OCTOBER OF EACH YEAR. THIS YEAR'S WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 14, 2017, AT 10:30am, IN ABILENE, KANSAS.
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Form

Rose/Wreath Order Form

Also registration form for dinner!

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