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Rita Greenwell was awarded a membership plaque representing her 40 years of volunteering and devotion to the American Legion Post 121 Ladies Auxiliary.
Forty years ago, Greenwell and her late husband, a veteran of World War II, Philip Greenwell, began tenure with the American Legion Armory Post 121, Bardstown. Their time was dedicated to serving and helping the veterans who resided in Kentucky, primarily in Bardstown.
Greenwell, along with an elite group of women, were instrumental in establishing the Bardstown Post 121 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary on East Broadway. She was an active member at the regional/state level and proudly served as the local ladies chapter treasurer, vice president, and chaplain during her 40 years. Memorial Day Weekend was dedicated to handing out poppies in front of local mercantile in remembrance of those who had devoted their lives to making our country safe, and placing United States flags on the headstones in memory of the deceased veterans.
Rita also represented the ladies auxiliary while volunteering countless hours for the American Red Cross blood drive.
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary generates revenue from moderate donations, fundraisers and from managing and operating the concessions during Friday and Saturday night events held at the armory.
Greenwell’s fondest memories include the remarkable friends she gained in the 40 years and the numerous dollars of contributions that were gifted in the name of the American Legion Post 121 Ladies Auxiliary to many citizens of Nelson County during their time of need.