2015 Winter Conference Hosted by Wilton Post 163

January 30, 2015 – February 1, 2015 at the Ramkota in Bismarck

Oratorical Pictue

Highlights of the Winter Conference
Joint Opening Session on Friday at 7 pm
Legion General Session on Saturday at 8 am
Press Association Awards Luncheon on Saturday at 11:30 am
High School Oratorical State Finals on Saturday at 1 pm
Banquet – Saturday at 7 pm
Memorial Service – Sunday at 10 am

Nat Commander Helm Picture

National Commander Mike Helm

Speakers and Dignitaries in Attendance
Legion:  National Commander Mike Helm, Leading Candidate Dale Barnett and Department Commander Don Weible
Auxiliary:  National President Janet Jefford and Department President Arla Roth
Other Dignitaries:  City Commissioner Parrell Grossman, Lt Governor Drew Wrigley, Senator John Hoeven, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and ND DVA Commissioner Lonnie Wangen
Legion Programs Recognition:  2014 ND Boys State Governor Reed Johnson, 2014 Samsung Scholarship Recipient Samantha Goerger and Ken Harty of Wahpeton Daily News

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National Commander Mike Helm is the Guest Speaker at the Winter Conference Banquet.   He will also be speaking on Friday at the Joint Opening Session at 7 pm.

The 2015 Winter Conference is Hosted By Wilton Post 163

Wilton Post 163 Memorial Service Program at the Private Ousley Monument at Riverview Cemetery

Wilton Post 163 Memorial Service Program at the Private Ousley Monument at Riverview Cemetery

Wilton’s American Legion Post No. 163 – is named after Private Louis Ousley and was chartered in the early 1920′s.  Private Ousley of Company “A” North Dakota Infantry, was not only the first Wilton man to give his life in World War I, but was also the first from North Dakota.  He died a hero’s death, carrying a stricken officer toward safety under enemy shelling.  He was hit near his own lines, and comrades brought both men in.  Louis died and the officer survived.  A monument in honor of Private Ousley is at Wilton’s Riverview Cemetery. The monument is pictured to the right.