Local veteran honored as ‘Commander of the Year’ for Alaska American Legion
FAIRBANKS, Alaska A local man was honored for his service with the American Legion. “It’s a wonderful feeling, I’m very humbled, first and foremost you can’t be successful without a good team behind you,” said Walter E. Crary, Commander of the American Legion Post 11.
Walter E. Crary, Commander of the American Legion Post 11 was honored for his service with the American Legion.
“it was a privilege to watch Walter receive the award, he’s a very deserving individual, he has worked tirelessly for years for veterans, both within the American Legion and other organizations, he hasn’t stopped in over 20 years,” said Past Department Commander with American Legion Post 11 Terry Huisman.
Huisman says Crary helps many veterans throughout the community. “It doesn’t matter whether you are 20 years old, 40 years old, or 80 years old, you all have the same memories, you all remember basic training, you all remember the promises we were made, Walter’s going after those promises for us,” said Huisman.
Vicky L. Paddock read a poem she wrote for Walter E. Crary, “Reflection of honor, in the face of a man, kindness and compassion, in his outstretched hand, working for veterans each day through his pain, getting us help again and again, sometimes he’s exhausted but he still works for you, and the reflection of honor shows through and through, so thank you for your service, hard work, and for being kind, for the reflection of honor shows through each vet every time.”