For this Barnesville native and BHS graduate, every day is Veterans Day as she serves as president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio. She leads the organization in its mission of serving veterans, their families and communities by working as volunteers to enrich the lives of those they serve.

MARTHA LEE McKenzie Thatcher joined the Massillon Unit 221 14 years ago under the eligibility of her husband, Richard, who served in the Army during the Korean War. Richard is a past commander of Post 221 and now proudly serves as first sergeant of the Post Honor Guard.

THE THATCHERS, who live in Canton, are parents of two children, six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.


AS PRESIDENT of the Ohio Department, Martha Lee wears this president's pin designed with her theme, "Communication is Key." She stated, "Growing up in a small town like Barnesville caused me to understand and appreciate the importance of family and my obligation to make a difference in the lives of others."

COMMUNICATING A special message, she said, "While veterans are often ordinary people, it is the veterans who have given us this extraordinary country. Today's veterans face challenges and extraordinary problems that were not even thought of just a few years ago. On this Veterans Day, let us remember to thank them for all the freedoms we enjoy and for their service."