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More than 35 veterans, representing wars and conflicts from World War II through present Iraq and Afghanistan were honored and recognized on Saturday, November 10, 2018 as part of the Smithton American Legion's 2nd Annual Veteran's Day dinner.

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Guest speaker, Maj. Frank Kostik, Jr., an active-duty Army Major and former resident of Smithton addresses the audience during the annual Veteran’s Day Dinner

The event was hosted by Lt. Wayne S. Forsythe of American Legion Post 790 in Smithton, and featured guest speaker Maj. Frank Kostik, Jr., a former resident of Smithton. Kostik is an active-duty Army Major serving in the Military District of Washington as defense counsel in the Army JAG Corps. Kostik attended Yough Senior High School, earned his Bachelor of Arts from Mercyhurst University and his Juris Doctorate from Widener School of Law.

"This was a great opportunity for our veterans and their families to share in conversation, meet other local Veterans and just enjoy the day,” said Robert Prah, Commander of the American Legion in Smithton and also a Veteran of the Iraq War. Prah added "It's amazing to have Veterans of the greatest generation attend our dinner. This is just one way small way our American Legion Family gives back each year."

The American Legion was founded in 1919 and is celebrating their 100-ear centennial nationwide. For more information on the American Legion and their history, please visit: or For more information on Smithton American Legion or upcoming events, please contact 724-872-6072. The Smithton American Legion, in conjunction with the Smithton Volunteer Fire Department, will celebrate their centennial on July 13, 2019, with a parade, street fair and live music.


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